Venezuela Extracts Uranium, Says Colombian Ambassador
Camilo Ospina is not a career diplomat. Whether this was a slip of the tongue or an intentional accusation, get ready for a new series of rebuttals and reactions. If proven, these allegations will radically change regional dynamics.
Colombia’s OAS Ambassador, Camilo Ospina, accused Venezuela of having an undercover operation to extract uranium. El Universal from Venezuela and El Nuevo Herald from Miami carry the story. Here goes a quick translation of Ospina’s comments as published by these outlets:
“You just have to go in direction to the Arauca, some 400 kilometers, to find two factories, a bicycle factory, and a motorcycle factory. These two factories are a façade to excavate uranium” … “Venezuela can’t enrich uranium, but Iran can. If this happens we will have a real problem.”
Speculation about a secret Venezuelan operation to provide Iran with uranium has been rampant. This is however the first time that a high level officer from any country makes a direct accusation.
Expect a loud rebuttal from the Venezuelan governement. Chavez himself may comment on this. This is a great oportunity for him to play his beloved anti yankee role.