Chavez Meets with Ahmedinejad to Discuss Peaceful Nuclear Partnership
By Jessica Desvarieux
05 September 2009
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez met with his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmedinejad as a part of his two-day visit to Tehran. Upon his arrival, he said there is no proof that Iran is building a nuclear bomb and he hopes to build a nuclear partnership with the Islamic republic.
Exiting his plane, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was all smiles as he arrived in Iran as a part of his world tour. On his seventh official visit to the Islamic republic, he said that there is no proof that Iran is building a nuclear bomb.
Mr. Chavez said he is certain that Iran will not back down in its effort to obtain what he says is a sovereign right of the people -- to use atomic energy for peaceful purposes.
He said the mission of his visit is to create a "nuclear village" between Iran and Venezuela. He said his pursuit in a nuclear partnership would be for a peaceful nuclear energy program.
This comes in the wake of U.S. President Barack Obama's call for Tehran to initiate multilateral talks over its disputed nuclear issue by late September or face further sanctions.
Iran denies that its nuclear program is a cover for a military nuclear program and insists that it's for energy purposes.
Mr. Ahmadinejad responded that Iran will be pressured to meet any deadline. He added that Iran and Venezuela's aim is to support revolutionary nations and form anti-imperialist fronts.
The Iranian leader said expanding anti-imperialist fronts and helping oppressed nations are the main missions of Iran and Venezuela.
Mr. Chavez is scheduled to meet with Iranian leaders for a second day tomorrow. Then he is schedule to continue on to Belarus, Russia, Turkmenistan and Spain.
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