Chavez Defends Right of Nations to Have Nuclear Energy
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President Chavez stated that no country holds the right to meddle in
another country's desire to develop nuclear energy. He expressed this
as Brazil is dealing with the International Atomic Energy Agency and the
country's development of nuclear plants. President Chavez also asserted
that Venezuela will not develop nuclear energy.
AP via Dow Jones Newswires - Sep 28, 2004
Venezuela Pres Defends Right of Nations to Nuclear Energy
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP)--The United States and other world powers have
no right to prohibit other nations from developing nuclear energy, Venezuelan
President Hugo Chavez said Tuesday.
Brazil's government, which has refused to give inspectors full access to its uranium enrichment facilities, said last week it was nearing a deal under which it would offer partial access to the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Brazil claims that its centrifuges employ advanced technology that could be stolen by other countries if the inspectors are allowed to view it. It stresses that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes.
"We are not going to make atomic bombs," said Chavez, referring to non-aggressive nuclear energy programs of developing nations.
Venezuela , the world's No. 5 oil exporter, does not have any plans to develop nuclear energy.
Brazil expects its uranium enrichment plant to be ready in October. The government wants to use the enriched uranium to fuel two nuclear power plants, which produce 4.3% of the nation's electricity.Brazil has the world's sixth-largest uranium reserves but currently must ship the ore out of the country to be processed for use in its nuclear power plants.