Iran says open to helping Venezuela nuclear program
Updated: 2006-02-16 09:13
Iran would be open to helping Venezuela develop nuclear technology for
peaceful purposes, but the countries have not yet held any talks about such
cooperation, a top Iranian lawmaker said on Wednesday.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, an ardent critic of the U.S. government, is
backing Iran's right to develop nuclear fuel despite international community
opposition to Tehran pursuing its atomic program.
"Although we have not had any conversations until now with Venezuelan
authorities, we would be willing to study the possibility," Iran's parliament
speaker, Gholamali Haddadadel, said when asked by reporters in Caracas whether
Tehran could offer cooperation to Venezuela.
Venezuela, the world's No. 5 oil exporter, last year said it was interested
in developing nuclear technology for civilian energy and medical purposes. But
experts said any such development could take Venezuela as long as 10