GLOBAL ECONOMY

Vietnam labels California group a terrorist organization

Vietnam's government has officially labeled a California-based anti-Communist group a terrorist organization and warned that anyone involved with it will be considered an accomplice in terrorism and will be dealt with in accordance with Vietnamese law.

The Ministry of Public Security said in a statement that Viet Tan, or the Vietnam Reform Party, has been carrying out terrorist activities.

The government has long considered Viet Tan a terrorist group, but this is the first time it has officially given it that designation.

Viet Tan says it is committed to nonviolent struggle to end Communist rule. The U.S. government has said it has seen no evidence that the group is engaged in terrorism.

The group was formed in 1982 by a vice admiral in the former U.S.-backed South Vietnamese government.