Nguyen Tan Dung, Vietnam's prime minister, right, shakes hands with Albert "Al" Hunt, columnist with Bloomberg View, before an interview in New York, U.S., on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013. Vietnam’s economic growth quickened this quarter as rising foreign investment helped support manufacturing and exports, countering weak lending from a banking industry burdened by bad debt. Photographer: Jin Lee/Bloomberg
Nguyen Tan Dung, Vietnam's prime minister, right, shakes hands with Albert "Al" Hunt, columnist with Bloomberg View, before an interview in New York, U.S., on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013. Vietnam’s economic growth quickened this quarter as rising foreign investment helped support manufacturing and exports, countering weak lending from a banking industry burdened by bad debt. Photographer: Jin Lee/Bloomberg

Vietnam's prime minister, Nguyen Tan Dung, has been on the receiving end of U.S. arms -- literally.

During an almost hour-long interview with Bloomberg View on Friday, Dung discussed the possibility of his country buying weapons from the U.S. He also made this aside: "I have 12 scars on my body and carry fragments of U.S. bullets. I don't like U.S. weapons."

During the Vietnam War, Dung was a decorated medic in the North Vietnamese Army, and was wounded four times. During the interview, he pointed to wounds on his face, neck and legs. Dung generally spoke in laudatory terms of the U.S. and the close ties that have been forged in recent years between the two nations.

The prime minister is in New York to address the United Nations General Assembly today. Earlier this morning, he met with Secretary of State John Kerry, himself a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War.

(Albert R. Hunt is a Bloomberg View columnist. Follow him on Twitter.)