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State Dept. Eases Rules on Exports of Defense Articles and Services to Vietnam

Monday, November 10, 2014
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The State Department has issued a final rule that, effective Nov. 10, revises the International Traffic in Arms Regulations to provide that exports of lethal defense articles and defense services to Vietnam may be authorized on a case-by-case basis when in support of maritime security and domain awareness. State has determined that this change in policy is in the best interests of U.S. foreign policy, national security and human rights concerns.

The ITAR continue to bar the issuance of licenses or other approvals for exports or imports of defense articles and defense services destined for or originating in Vietnam, except that a license or other approval may be issued, on a case-by-case basis, for (a) non-lethal defense articles and defense services or (b) non-lethal, safety-of-use defense articles (e.g., cartridge actuated devices, propellant actuated devices and technical manuals for military aircraft for purposes of enhancing the safety of the aircraft crew) for lethal end-items.

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