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Originally posted by marg6043money doesn't discriminated between Democratic countries or Communist ones.
The deal with the NPT is you get nuke tech, but you also accept international oversight.
Still, Brazil's enrichment program - and its reluctance to allow unlimited inspections - has raised suspicions abroad.
''Brazil is beginning to be perceived as a country apparently wanting to reevaluate its commitment to nonproliferation, and this is a big part of the problem,'' said Jon Wolfsthal, deputy director for nonproliferation at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington.
"We're concerned about the leftist countries that are dealing with China," says Congressman Dan Burton, the Republican chairman of the sub-committee on the Western Hemisphere.
"It's extremely important that we don't let a potential enemy of the US become a dominant force in this part of the world."
Originally posted by rich23
There's a country that might be developing WMD right on Uncle Sam's doorstep!
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 can find the rest of the article here: and here is a rather interesting Global Security overview of Brazil's capabilities and political situation.
So why aren't the US invading Brazil, but are threatening Venezuela with a carrier group and going halfway across the world to trash Iran?
I have an idea of something that those two countries have, that Brazil doesn't... can you guess what it is?
Originally posted by Seekerof
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.
Really? No mention of Russia in that reference to the only US mention?
Iran has long supported, funded, and aided Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Hezbollah, etc.
When was the last time Iran threatened the US?
Umm, last week, when they threatened not only the US but the UK with 40,000 suicide bombers? Hello?!
It's a shame the same cant be said for the US.
You did purposely forget to include the UK, etc.?
[edit on 21-4-2006 by Seekerof]
On the other hand, would Brazil tolerate a world of increasing nuclear weapons with the likes of countries as Iran and North Korea? For some analysts the answer is “No.” Noted Brazilian economist Ricardo C. Amaral openly declared that Brazil should pursue nuclear weapons as the ultimate guarantor of sovereignty.
“The world is changing very fast, and we have to prepare Brazil for the future and adapt Brazil to the new world reality. I would tell my fellow Brazilians: “Please, wake up and look around the world; even poor countries such as India, Pakistan, South Africa, and North Korea have nuclear weapons.”
Actually South Africa disassembled their nuclear weapons voluntarily, but his point stands as Iran moves forward with their program; a program whose international support should be rejected. One thing certain: a world with fewer nuclear weapons is a safer world, and that is a world Brazil can be proudest to promote.
Feb. 20, 2006: Brazil’s Nuclear Ambitions