October 19, 2007
The United Nations General Assembly cast a near unanimous vote (183 out of 190) in favor of Vietnam becoming a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council on Oct. 16, 2007. This is the first time Vietnam takes this position since it joined the UN in 1977. Long before the official announcement was made at the UN, the atmosphere had been heated in Vietnam by frequent media coverage of the event. One can feel rising enthusiasm in Hanoi about Vietnam’s new diplomatic success.