Vietnam and America discuss ways to repair Agent Orange damage

Vietnam and America discuss ways to repair Agent Orange damage

Vietnam and America discuss ways to repair Agent Orange damage

Updated 19 December 2011, 13:14 AEDT

Vietnam and the United States have started a third round of talks in Hanoi aimed at limiting the environmental impact of Agent Orange, the toxic defoliant used during the Vietnam war.

US forces sprayed about 80 million litres of the chemical which contains highly toxic dioxin, and other herbicides on southern and central Vietnam to destroy forests and crops.

Washington has rejected responsibility for the millions of people Vietnam says have suffered direct or second-generation disabilities due to Agent Orange.

However, in an effort to address the issue, US Congress set aside three million dollars in May 2007 and US and Vietnamese officials are now trying to determine how to use the money.

At least three hotspots have been identified in the country that still pose a threat to public health -- in the southern city of Bien Hoa, the central city of Danang and Phu Cat, in central Binh Dinh province.