Vietnamese female Commissioned Officers of the Signal Force march during a military parade as part of the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), Vietnam, April 30, 2015. REUTERS/Kham
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Vietnam's premier on Thursday hit out at the "barbarous crimes" of its wartime American foe as the nation marked four decades since the fall of Saigon, an event that delivered a communist victory and a painful blow to U.S. moral and military prestige.In front of Independence Palace -- whose gates northern tanks clattered through in one of the iconic moments of the 1975 victory -- Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung struck out at the U.S. attempt to contain the spread of communism in Southeast Asia through war in Vietnam.The physical effects of conflict still linger, including through deformities that Vietnam says are caused by the dioxin Agent Orange, sprayed by the U.S. airforce to pare back the thick jungle used as cover by the northern guerilla forces.Divisions remain -- up to a million "boat people" fled the South in the aftermath of the conflict and now form a vocal diaspora, staunchly opposed to Vietnam's authoritarian one-party state.
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