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.