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    Lawmakers in Vietnam have voted to completely abandon the Southeast Asian country's nuclear program, Vietnamese media reported on Tuesday.

    BANGKOK (Sputnik) — The bill comes into force after its signing by the chairman of Vietnam's 498-member unicameral National Assembly, according to the VNA national news service.

    Visitors look at a model of a Russian VVER-1200 nuclear reactor of which Vietnam's first nuclear power plant will be equipped of on diplay at an international nuclear power exhibition being held in Hanoi on October 26, 2012
    © AFP 2019 / HOANG DINH NAM

    Russia planned to supply two units for a power plant project in the southern Ninh Thuan province. Its launch was planned for 2020 before Vietnam asked to move the start of construction to that year. In early November, the Vietnamese government announced its decision to withdraw from the contract due to a tight fiscal situation.

    Vietnam is the latest in a line of several countries to suspend nuclear development in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi accident, which led to an ongoing collapse in uranium prices and skepticism in the nuclear industry.

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