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Models of missiles at the Vietnam People's Air Force Museum on May 23, 2016 in Hanoi, Vietnam. U.S. President Barack Obama announced the U.S. is fully lifting its embargo on sales of lethal weapons to Vietnam during the first day of his historic visit four decades after the Vietnam war.  (Linh Pham/Getty Images)
Models of missiles at the Vietnam People's Air Force Museum on May 23, 2016 in Hanoi, Vietnam. U.S. President Barack Obama announced the U.S. is fully lifting its embargo on sales of lethal weapons to Vietnam during the first day of his historic visit four decades after the Vietnam war. (Linh Pham/Getty Images)
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President Obama, on the first day of his first trip to Vietnam, announced that the U.S. is lifting its embargo on selling military equipment to Vietnam, which has been in place since the Vietnam War. Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson talks to the BBC's South East Asia correspondent Jonathan Head about the significance of the announcement, and why it's happening now.

Guest

  • Jonathan Head, South East Asia corespondent for the BBC. He tweets @pakhead.

This segment aired on May 23, 2016.

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