Nuclear Non-Proliferation and America's Deal with Vietnam

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The Obama Administration has set what's called the "gold standard" for helping other countries develop nuclear energy. The United Arab Emirates agreed not to enrich uranium on its own soil, a path to producing nuclear weapons.  But Vietnam will be under no such restrictions. Vietnam says it won't build atom bombs, but nonproliferation advocates are outraged. They call it a risky giveaway to America's nuclear industry. Nuclear advocates say enrichment is no big secret, and that US squeamishness poses another risk: falling behind in a multi-billion dollar international business. What does it all have to do with China?

Credits

Guests:
Jay Solomon - Wall Street Journal - @WSJSolomon, Joseph Cirincione - Ploughshares Fund - @Cirincione, William Tucker - Editor at Large, NuclearTownhall.com, Henry Sokolski - former Deputy for Nonproliferation Policy, Defense Department, Selig Harrison - Center for International Policy

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Frances Anderton, Julia Flucht, Sonya Geis