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Clinton seeks human rights progress in Vietnam

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says Vietnam has unlimited potential to become a great nation but should improve its human rights record.

Clinton, who is in Vietnam for events marking the 15th anniversary of normalized U.S.-Vietnam relations, is also pledging greater cooperation in dealing with the lingering impact of Agent Orange from the Vietnam War.

Vietnam's Foreign Minister says human rights have common values but cultural and historical backgrounds also come into play.

Clinton says the U.S. does not see its relationship with Vietnam as rooted in differences or in memories of the past.

Clinton also issued a warning to Myanmar's reclusive, military rulers to steer clear of North Korea on nuclear issues. She also called on Myanmar to hold free and fair elections this year.


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