Chavez wants to go nuclear
President Hugo Chavez said on Sunday Venezuela will develop a nuclear reactor for peaceful purposes, in another challenge to Washington just days after Russia offered nuclear assistance to the socialist Latin American leader.Chavez seems to be well on his way to blowing the windfall oil profits so why not waste it on nuclear energy that Venezuela does not need. Perhaps he can invest the proceeds of whatever he is getting from the narco terrorist for helping them ship dope out of Colombia to West African and Europe. Russia will probably help them finance it too.
"In Venezuela we are interested in development of nuclear energy, of course for peaceful purposes, for medical purposes, for purposes of electricity generation," Chavez said at a political rally.
"Brazil has various nuclear reactors, so does Argentina. We will have ours."
Chavez noted that Venezuela, which is a member of the oil-producing cartel OPEC, developed a nuclear reactor decades ago but abandoned it under pressure from the United States.
He said Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin had offered help with a reactor, adding that "we already have a commission working on this issue."