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Chavez defends N-right, blasts Obama
Sun Oct 24, 2010|
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has criticized US President Barack Obama's nuclear stance on Venezuela, saying Caracas has the right to develop nuclear energy.
"President Obama has started a war by spreading doubt with his words. He asked that we do not use the plant to produce nuclear arms," Chavez said at a press conference with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus, AFP reported on Saturday.
The comments came in response to a US warning on Tuesday over Caracas's decision to build its first nuclear power plant.
"We have no incentive nor interest in increasing friction between Venezuela and the US, but we do think Venezuela needs to act responsibly," Obama said Tuesday, days after Caracas and Moscow signed a landmark deal over a nuclear power plant.
Chavez says Venezuela has the right to develop nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. He said that his country is not afraid of American imperialism and would not submit to any outside supervision.
"We will not accept being supervised by anyone," Chavez said on Saturday in Libya where he received an honorary degree from Tripoli's Academy of Higher Education.
On October 15, Russia's state-run nuclear company, Rosatom Corp., agreed to help build Venezuela's first nuclear power plant after talks in Moscow between Chavez and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.
Venezuela Electricity Minister Ali Rodriguez said his country plans to generate 4,000 megawatts of electricity through the use of nuclear energy. The project with Russia will probably take 10 years to complete, he added.