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U.S. discard any intention of Venezuela and/or Bolivia to build nuclear weapons.

DoD" s Frank Mora

Venezuela and Bolivia, which recently announced that they will build nuclear power plants using russian assistance, will not achieve the capacity to produce nuclear weapons, said today the U.S. DoD Defense Undersecretary for Latin America, Frank Mora.

“I do not think they have the intention (Bolivia and Venezuela) to acquire the capability to produce nuclear weapons,” Mora said during a debate on security in the region , held at a university in Washington.

“No,” Mora said the question of whether it considered a threat to U.S. security the announcements of Caracas and La Paz that will install nuclear power plants.

“In this region all countries have been very clear about the rules, treaties, that this is a region without nuclear capability to produce nuclear weapons, is well institutionalized, there are very specific rules,” said Mora.

As noted by President Barack Obama, every country in the region “has the sovereign right to create alternative energy, but also must abide by international treaties” that establish very clearly what is the procedure for monitoring the security ” of the  plant, he said.

Both Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Bolivia’s Evo Morales stated that their nuclear plants, which agreed to build with Russia and Iran, respectively, will be used only for peaceful purposes.

Mora agreed with that assessment.