Sunday, May 16, 2010

The Nuke From Ipanema

Although Brazil is obliged by several treaties to not to develop nuclear weapons, the country has a long history with nuclear power.

More recently, Brazil (with Turkey) has pushed efforts to get a nuclear deal signed between Iran and the United Nations. Spiegel speculates this recent involvement in nuclear policy on the international stage is because the country may be secretly developing a nuclear arsenal like Iran has been accused of.

For a country with a 15,000-kilometer border and rich offshore oil reserves, Alencar says, these weapons would not only be an important tool of "deterrence," but would also give Brazil the means to increase its importance on the international stage. When it was pointed out that Brazil had signed the NPT, Alencar reacted calmly, saying it was "a matter that was open to negotiation."

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