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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Monday that his government is carrying out initial studies into starting a nuclear energy program.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Monday that his government is carrying out initial studies into starting a nuclear energy program. Chavez brought up the issue during a news conference, saying the South American country needs an atomic energy program.
"We're taking on the project of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, and they aren't going to stop us," Chavez said. "We need it and we're carrying out the first studies."
Chavez is a close ally of Iran and has defended the Iranian nuclear program, saying he is sure Iran is not making atomic weapons in spite of U.S. and European suspicions.
Chavez brought up the case as an example of some of the claims his leftist government has to contend with.
"They invent so many things," he said. "The fact they say there is no evidence doesn't mean they aren't going to find it tomorrow, or fabricate it ... that Venezuela is making an atomic bomb."
He called that idea preposterous, saying: "Who in Venezuela could take on a project of that type? Who? We aren't going to take it on."
Originally posted by Zamini
Good job spinning this into a nuclear weapon thing. It really is the true american thing to do.
U.S. Said to Trust Russia in Atomic Deal With Venezuela
Monday, Oct. 18, 2010
The United States intends to "watch very closely" planned Russian-Venezuelan nuclear collaboration while trusting Moscow to honor its commitments to international nuclear nonproliferation regimes, RIA Novosti reported Saturday (see GSN, Oct. 15).
Moscow and Caracas inked an agreement last week for Russia to build the South American nation's first atomic energy facility.
Responding to a reporter's question on whether the Obama administration had any worries about the atomic trade deal -- given Venezuela's warm relations with Iran -- State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said "this is something that we will watch very closely."
Tehran is suspected in the West of using its civilian nuclear program to covertly develop a strategic capability. Iran has insisted its nuclear program has only peaceful applications. Under President Hugo Chavez, Venezuela has espoused strong anti-U.S. sentiments.
"It is certainly a right of any country to pursue civilian nuclear energy, but with that right come responsibilities and we would expect Venezuela, Russia, or any other country pursuing this kind of technology to meet all international obligations," Crowley said, continuing "the last thing we need to do is see technology migrate to countries or groups that should not have that technology."
"But we have confidence in Russia," he added (RIA Novosti, Oct. 16).