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Brazil follows Iran's nuclear path, but without the fuss
By Peter Muello
Associated Press Writer
04/20/06 RESENDE, Brazil (AP) - As Iran faces international pressure over developing the raw material for nuclear weapons, Brazil is quietly preparing to open its own uranium-enrichment center, capable of producing exactly the same fuel.
Brazil - like Iran - has signed the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, and Brazil's constitution bans the military use of nuclear energy.
Also like Iran, Brazil has cloaked key aspects of its nuclear technology in secrecy while insisting the program is for peaceful purposes, claims nuclear weapons experts have debunked.
While Brazil is more cooperative than Iran on international inspections, some worry its new enrichment capability - which eventually will create more fuel than is needed for its two nuclear plants - suggests that South America's biggest nation may be rethinking its commitment to nonproliferation.
''Brazil is following a path very similar to Iran, but Iran is getting all the attention,'' said Marshall Eakin, a Brazil expert at Vanderbilt University. ''In effect, Brazil is benefiting from Iran's problems.''
You know I can't remember the last time Brazil took hostages, or sent suicide bombers to kill people, or funded terrorist organizations.
Maybe it's because they haven't been threatening the US and Isreal for decades..
Maybe they don't have religios fanatics running it..
Originally posted by rich23
I have an idea of something that those two countries have, that Brazil doesn't... can you guess what it is?
Originally posted by theBman
I can't remember the last time the Iran took hostages, or sent suicide bombers or even sponsored terrorists. The United States has probably sponsored more terrorist organizations than any other country.
When was the last time Iran threatened the US?
It's a shame the same cant be said for the US.
What "oil" or more like Brazil does not support or sponsor world-wide terrorism and terrorists?
ROBERTSON: There was a popular coup that overthrew him [Chavez]. And what did the United States State Department do about it? Virtually nothing. And as a result, within about 48 hours that coup was broken;
As for the threat of sending 40K suicide nutters our way, if I'm not mistaken and correct me if I'm wrong but wasnt that if we invaded them first. Because thats kind of like saying try and rob my house and i'll shoot you.
Originally posted by TheBandit795
Nahh.. The U.S. probably still has enough economic hitmen in South America. I don't think it's losing control of policies there.
While Brazil is more cooperative than Iran on international inspections
Originally posted by Toadmund
No, grow your own dang trees I don't want to sell our forests to China.