Iran In Brief

Concern increases over Venezuela’s nuclear ambitions and strengthening ties to Iran

Concern increases over Venezuela’s nuclear ambitions and strengthening ties to Iran photo

September 22, 2009

Recently Hugo Chavez announced that Venezuela would seek the cooperation of Russia in developing a nuclear program that could involve the construction of a research reactor and a power reactor. In light of Venezuela’s strengthening ties with Iran, claims by Chavez that the two countries should cooperate in the nuclear realm, the announcement that Venezuela would supply Iran with refined gasoline despite U.S. and European efforts to impose sanctions on that particular product and, recent allegations that Venezuelan banks are acting as facilitators for Iranian illicit procurement transactions, Venezuela seems to be on the fast track to becoming a major concern vis-a-vis the Iranian nuclear issue as well as nuclear proliferation writ large.

ISIS takes a more detailed look on the subject with: What is Venezuela Up To? Chavez’s Latest Efforts to Purchase Nuclear Technology are Cause for Concern

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