Washington: The White House has said that the difference between the nuclear programmes of Iran and Brazil was the "trust" they elicited from the international community. "I think a difference here that I would point out -- if you're talking about Brazil versus Iran -- is one of trust," White House spokesman Scott McClellan told reporters on Monday.
"Iran has shown that they can't be trusted with nuclear technology because they have hidden their activities for some two decades," he added. Both Brazil and Iran have signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and aspire to produce their own enriched uranium -- Brazil for its two existing reactors and a third one on the way, Iran, for its future reactors.
Both countries purport peaceful uses for weapons-grade uranium, but Washington suspects Iran is concealing a nuclear-weapons programme, which Tehran strongly denies.
"We do not believe the regime in Iran should have the ability or the technology to produce nuclear weapons," McClellan said. Iran, McClellan said, should abandon its uranium enrichment plans.
Iran recently restarted uranium enrichment work in open defiance of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which is close to deciding whether to refer the matter to the UN Security Council.
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