INTRODUCTION: Argentina's Atomic Energy chief, Admiral Carlos Castro Madero, has been visiting the site of the controversial nuclear power station in Rio Tercero, in Cordoba Province.
INTRODUCTION: Argentina's Atomic Energy chief, Admiral Carlos Castro Madero, has been visiting the site of the controversial nuclear power station in Rio Tercero, in Cordoba Province. The station, currently under construction, is the country's second nuclear establishment -- in the middle of an international argument over Latin-American nuclear power.
SYNOPSIS: But,Admiral Castro told a news conference, Argentina was developing nuclear power for peaceful means. Although it was possible to build atomic weapons with the machinery available, he said, this was not the aim of the Government.
The station is one of eight in an Argentine Government nationwide programme, in opposition of efforts by the United Nation's International Atomic Energy Agency to curb the growth of nuclear power. Argentina is one of three Latin-American nations which have refused to sign the 1970 Non-Proliferation Treaty designed to restrict the buildings of atomic energy installations capable of making nuclear weapons. The others are Chile and Brazil, Argentina's giant neighbour. During the argument over the past seven years, pressure has been put on nuclear nations not provide
the equipment that the Latin-Americans need to build their atomic plants But several have refused, and Argentina's Rio Tercero station is being built with Canadian and Italian equipment.