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Bolivia unveils plan to start nuclear program

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Bolivian President Evo Morales says the South American country plans to launch its nuclear program for peaceful purposes.

“This year, we are going to launch the Bolivian nuclear energy program for peaceful means,” Morales said in an address on Wednesday.

“I want to tell you, we are not far…from having atomic energy, because we have sufficient prime material and we have the right,” he said.

Morales, however, did not elaborate on the details of his plan for developing the nuclear program.

The Bolivian president went on to say that his government has “decided to create a high-level energy commission,” adding, “This is a priority of the Bolivian state.”

He added that his administration is working on hydroelectric and thermal power plants to become an energy supplier to neighboring states.

In October last year, Morales said his country was receiving assistance from France and Argentina to develop nuclear energy for power and medical purposes.

Following his visit to Iran in October 2010, Morales said Tehran has agreed to help his country develop a peaceful nuclear energy program.

Since taking office in 2006, Morales, a former farmer and coca grower, touted major infrastructure projects, including a rail system linking his country with Peru on the Pacific, and Brazil on the Atlantic.

Bolivia, a nation with 10 million people, currently exports minerals and quinoa.


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