Episode Vietnamese, waynetta: Hector Robertin / U. S. _Army / Global Look Press
Vietnam demanded that the agrochemical company Monsanto to pay compensation for the consequences of the spraying of harmful substances by American troops during the war in the middle of the last century. About it reports “Interfax” with reference to the statement of the representative of the Vietnamese foreign Ministry Nguyen Poonga Tra.
“Vietnam has suffered from the terrible effects of war, especially long-term and devastating effects of toxic chemicals, including “agent orange” (a mixture of hebicide and defoliants, which cause defoliation and destruction of vegetation. — approx. “Of the tape.ru”), “said Nguyen Phuong Tra.
Foreign Ministry spokesman referred to the decision of the California Supreme court, which in early August ordered Monsanto to pay 289 million dollars to the school gardener who developed lymphoma after working with the substance, produced by the company. This court decision set a precedent and denied the previously unheard of claim that the herbicides Monsanto and other companies that used the American army during the war, was harmless, said Nguyen Phuong Tra.
The company Monsanto has said that he was only one of the nine contractors of the U.S. government during the Vietnam war, and the specifications and regulations on the use of “agent orange” was developed by the US authorities.
In the years 1961-1971, the Americans sprayed in Viet Nam 45 million liters of agent “agent orange” to deprive their opponents of food and shelter. Dioxin, which is contained in “agent orange”, leads to a proliferation of birth defects and cancer.
Monsanto was founded in 1901 in Missouri, in June of this year it bought the German chemical concern Bayer.
The fighting in Vietnam started in the fifties of the last century. Vietnam was divided into two parts. In the North, formed the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, which was supported by the Soviet Union and China. In South Vietnam, supported by the Americans, began an underground struggle for reunification with the North. In the early sixties established the national liberation front of South Vietnam and army for the liberation of South Vietnam. In 1965 the United States sent troops against North Vietnam. The war ended in 1970, the victory of the North and the unification of all Vietnam under the authority of the Communist party. The number of war victims is estimated at from 1.2 to 4.2 million people, of us troops killed more than 50 thousand people.
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