US lifts arms embargo on Vietnam

The US has lifted its decades-old arms embargo on Vietnam, following an announcement by President Obama in Hanoi on Monday.  Obama said that the move was not a carte blanche for arms sales to Vietnam, and that, as with any country, future sales would be examined to determine “what’s appropriate and what’s not”.  The Department of State’s Directorate of Defence Trade Controls (DDTC) will, in accordance with the Arms Export Control Act, review applications for licences to export or temporarily import defence articles to or from Vietnam on a case-by-case basis.

DDTC has also announced that it will soon publish a rule in the Federal Register to implement the relevant changes to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations §126.1, which may also address the current prohibition in §126.1(b) on shipping licenced defence articles aboard Vietnamese vessels.