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VIETNAM ARMS EMBARGO

Q: What is the source of the arms embargo against Vietnam?
A: The embargo against Vietnam results from an executive order made pursuant to the Arms Export Control Act (AECA) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).

Q: What is the extent of the arms embargo against Vietnam?
A: In 1984, the U.S. Department of State implemented a policy denying all licenses and other approvals with respect to defense articles and defense services originating or destined to Vietnam. The same policy also prohibited Vietnamese vessels, aircraft, or other means of conveyance from taking any part in the shipment of defense articles.

Q: Has the U.S. ever modified this policy?
A: Yes, in April 2007, the U.S. amended its policy toward Vietnam to consider licenses on a case-by-case basis for:
  • Non-lethal defense articles and defense services, and
  • Non-lethal safety-of-use defense articles for lethal items, such as cartridge actuated devices, propellant actuated devices, and technical manuals for military aircraft that enhance the safety of aircraft crew.