Construction work on Brazil's first nuclear reactor plant at Angra dos Reis. South of Rio?
Construction work on Brazil's first nuclear reactor plant at Angra dos Reis. South of Rio de Janeiro, is continuing at full speed.....despite an international storm over the sale of West German nuclear equipment to stock the plant once it is complete.
A fifteen-year agreement between Brazil and West Germany on nuclear co-operation is expected to be signed in Bonn later this month during a visit by Brazilian Foreign Minister, Senhor Antonio Azeredo da Silveira. Under the deal -- worth about 1,850 million pounds sterling (4,250 million U.S. dollar) -- West Germany will supply up to eight nuclear power stations and the technical expertise involved in the nuclear processes ....in return for natural Brazilian uranium.
Strident opposition to the treaty came from the United States, where some Senators have accused West Germany of acting irresponsibly on the issue. They say that supplying highly-sophisticated equipment of this sort could lead to the development of nuclear weapons in South America.
In response, West Germany has consented to include strict curtailments on use in the coming agreement....and Brazil has repeatedly stressed that the project is aimed "exclusively at the peaceful use of nuclear energy".
Originally, Brazil approached United States' firms in connection with the stocking and running of its proposed nuclear reactors.....but under U.S. law, no U.S. firm is allowed to sell the nuclear re-processing or enrichment equipment necessary to maintain nuclear fuel supplies.