United States eases its lethal weapons sale ban to Vietnam. However, the easing of arms sale to Vietnam is “for maritime security purposes only.”
“Vietnam will need to make additional progress on human rights for the United States to consider a full lift of the ban on lethal defense articles in the future,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.
“This policy supports Vietnam’s efforts to improve its maritime domain awareness and maritime security capabilities,” Psaki told reporters.
“Easing the lethal arms ban on Vietnam for the purpose of maritime security will strengthen our defense cooperation in ways that benefit both countries,” U.S. Senator John McCain said.
“With the independence and self-control principles of Vietnam’s diplomatic policy, every bilateral relation of Vietnam is not aimed at any third country,” Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
US is also expected to sell six spy planes to boost Vietnam’s territorial awareness and strengthen its capability to protect its coastal areas.