Myanmar says nuclear program will be peaceful

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 22, 2012 at 3:43 am •  Published: December 22, 2012
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Thein Sein's agreement to allow more scrutiny by U.N. nuclear inspectors was viewed as a willingness to go beyond democratic reforms that have improved relations with Washington, which culminated in a visit by President Barack Obama last month, the first by a U.S. president to the country also known as Burma.

Myanmar's previous military government persistently denied embarking on a nuclear program, decrying such allegations as groundless and politically motivated.

Wracked by corruption and mismanagement from a half-century of military rule, the country's health care is in shambles and ranks among the worst in the world.

Wealthy cancer patients fly to neighboring countries like Thailand and Singapore for treatment, while others wait months for treatment in Myanmar.

The new government has increased the budget for health and has also vowed to seek foreign help in expanding the country's power industry, which is in such a sorry state that blackouts and limited service are common and have prompted public protests.