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Cable sobre cómo Irán busca uranio en Venezuela

El Gobierno venezolano revela que técnicos iraníes están colaborando con Caracas para calcular las reservas de uranio de Venezuela

ID: 228814
Date: 2009-10-07 19:33:00
Origin: 09CARACAS1296
Source: Embassy Caracas
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Dunno: 09CARACAS26
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E.O. 12958: DECL: 09/29/2019
TAGS: ECON, ENRG, KNNP, VE, IR
SUBJECT: VENEZUELA: THE POLITICS OF DEVELOPING URANIUM
RESERVES

REF: CARACAS 26

Classified By: Economic Counselor Darnall Steuart, for reasons
1.4 (b) and (d).

1. (U) On Friday, September 25, Venezuelan Minister of Basic
Industry and Mining, Rodolfo Sanz, claimed that Iran had
helped carry out geophysical testing and aerial surveys to
calculate the size of Venezuela's uranium deposits. He added
that it would take three years to certify the size of the
uranium reserves. A Venezuelan journalist reported on
Sunday, September 27, that Chavez reprimanded Sanz about his
comments on Iran, ordering him not to meddle in affairs he
knew nothing about. (NOTE: The timing of Sanz's comments
coincided with news that Iran is building a secret nuclear
facility.)

2. (U) Jesse Chacon, Venezuelan Minister for Science,
Technology, and Intermediary Industry, originally denied
reports that the GBRV was receiving support from Iran to find
uranium, but clarified on Saturday, September 26, that his
comments were limited to cooperation with Russia and that any
exploration efforts with Iran fall under the direction of the
Ministry of Basic Industry and Mining. When questioned about
how Venezuela would use its uranium reserves, both ministers
responded that Venezuela would use nuclear energy for
medicinal and peaceful purposes and for power generation.

3. (C) Popular blogger ("Devil's Excrement") Miguel Octavio,
who has a Phd in Physics and extensive contacts in
Venezuela's scientific community, told Econoffs September 22
that Venezuela's hard sciences are being decimated under the
Chavez administration. Octavio noted that scientists at
Venezuela's formerly prestigious Institute for Scientific
Research (IVIC) are doing "pertinent science," i.e., science
applied to Bolivarian goals. Venezuela, he said, does not
have the domestic scientific capacity to support the
development of a nuclear energy program. Octavio posited
that if the GBRV wanted to develop a nuclear energy
capability it would make the most sense to purchase a nuclear
facility as a package, including technicians, from a friendly
government.

4. (C) COMMENT: The U.S. Geological Survey's 2008 Minerals
Yearbook includes a reference to Venezuela uranium "deposits
located in the jungle states of Amazonas and Bolivar, which
supposedly contain about 50,000 tons of uranium reserves."
As reported reftel, one local scientist has asserted to the
Embassy in the past year that the country has little uranium.
Whether it does or does not have uranium, there does not
appear to be a project underway to develop this resource.
Nor does Venezuela have a cadre of trained scientists to
support the development of a nuclear program. However, talk
of a high profile project with an anti-U.S. partner would
doubtless be appealing to Chavez. END COMMENT.
DUDDY