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Russia eyes more nuclear power projects in Asia: FM

In Uncategorized on October 30, 2010 at 11:40 am

HANOI, Oct 30, 2010 (AFP) – Asian nations are keen on striking nuclear power deals with Russia, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Saturday, as world powers race to secure projects in the energy-hungry region.

“Our partners expressed particular interest in nuclear energy, noting Russia’s vast experience in this sphere,” Lavrov said in Hanoi, where President Dmitry Medvedev attended a regional summit.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during the ASEAN summit in Hanoi on October 30, 2010. AFP

During Medvedev’s visit to Vietnam, Russia will also sign a multi-billion-euro deal on Sunday to build Vietnam’s first nuclear power plant.

An official with Russian state nuclear conglomerate Rosatom told AFP the construction of the two-unit plant is estimated at over 4.0 billion euros (5.5 billion dollars).

Russia is locked in a global race with competitors like the United States, Japan and France to clinch lucrative worldwide contracts as demand for nuclear energy increases.

Vietnam has approved the construction of the country’s first nuclear power stations, and its initial plans call for four reactors with a total capacity of 4,000 megawatts, at least one of which should be operational from 2020.

Lavrov added that Russia and its ASEAN partners were interested in pursuing joint projects in geothermal energy in the region.

“The prospects are quite good,” he said, adding the potential projects would be the focus of the countries’ action plan through 2015.

Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) secretary general Surin Pitsuwan told reporters at the 10-member bloc’s summit in Hanoi that leaders agreed on the need for clean energy projects in the region.

“Without energy we could not drive our economy, but at the same time using traditional energy may impact upon our global environment,” he said, adding that member countries are working on “green energy, clean energy, new, alternative energy that would not have any impact on the environment”.

Source: SGGP

RoK FM offers sympathy to killed bride’s family

In Uncategorized on July 17, 2010 at 4:49 pm

RoK FM offers sympathy to killed bride’s family

QĐND – Saturday, July 17, 2010, 20:48 (GMT+7)

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of Korea (RoK), Yu Myung-hwan, has offered regards and condolences to the family of a Vietnamese bride who was stabbed to death by her Korean husband.

Thach Thi Hoang Ngoc, 20, from the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho was killed by her allegedly mentally ill husband, 47-year-old Jang, in the southern port city of Busan on July 8, just a few days after she arrived in the RoK.

Yu extended his condolences to Ngoc’s family during a meeting with the Vietnamese Ambassador to the RoK, Tran Trong Toan, in Seoul on July 16.

The Minister said he was grieved at the death of Ngoc and was regretful about the heart-breaking affair.

The RoK Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade sent the Deputy Director of the South Asia and the Pacific Department to Busan to work with local authorities to deal with the case right after it occurred.

Yu said the RoK government will examine laws and regulations and take necessary measures to closely monitor the operations of foreigner-related marriage brokerage companies in order to prevent similar affairs.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade will also strengthen measures to ensure that foreign brides lead happy and harmonious lives in families in the RoK, he said.

On this occasion, the Minister asked the Vietnamese Embassy to transfer more than 8,200 USD contributed by the ministry’s staff and their family members to the family of the bride.

Also on July 16, RoK parliamentarian Han Sun-kyo arrived in Ho Chi Minh City to offer sympathy to the family of Ngoc, whose ashes were brought back to the city by her parents a day earlier.

Han told reporters that the affair as well as previous cases related to the lives of Vietnamese brides aroused public opinion in the RoK. He also expressed his regret at the death of Ngoc.

The association of RoK people in HCM City and the Tae Quang Vina Co. also extended condolences and handed over 5,000 USD and 20,000 USD, respectively, to support the victim’s family.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND