Hugo Chávez: Iran aids Venezuela uranium exploration

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez said Oct. 17 that Iran is helping his country explore for uranium. “We’re working with several countries, with Iran, with Russia,” Chavez told reporters during a visit to Bolivia. But he emphasized that Venezuela is taking the lead in the exploration: “We’re responsible for what we’re doing, we’re in control.” He also insisted that Venezuela would only use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes: “What we propose is for nuclear bombs to be eliminated. Venezuela will never build a nuclear bomb.” (Reuters, Oct. 17)

The admission comes months after an Israeli government report accused Venezuela and Bolivia of supplying uranium to Iran.

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