U.S. Eases Arms Embargo to Vietnam Amid China Sea Spats

October 3, 2014 4:58 AM

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Vietnam will be able to buy nonlethal weapons from the U.S. for maritime security after the easing of a decades-old arms embargo, at a time of territorial tensions with Communist neighbor China.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry informed Vietnam Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh, who is also foreign minister, of the decision during Minh’s visit to Washington. Deals will be done on a case-by-case basis, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in an e-mailed statement.

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