There is this intriguing article in Argentinean news site total news, which also appeared in in an Argentinean investigative reporting site called “Tribuna de Periodistas” here, which contends that an Argentinean -made nuclear reactor arrived in Iran via a triangulation in which the Venezuelan Government participated.
The article says that it is not clear whether Argentina’s President Kirchner knew the true destiny of the reactor, stating that it was taken to Iran in a Venezuelan ship which was being repaired in Rio Santiago, Argentina.
Venezuela is known to have expressed interest in buying an Argentinean nuclear reactor in 2005, when meetings between the Ministry of Energy and Argentina’s INVAP took place both in Caracas and Buenos Aires.
If this news is confirmed, which should happen shortly given the fact that so many people would have participated in it, it is significant for the case of Physicist Claudio Mendoza, who is still under the threat of being fired from his tenured position at IVIC. This is because supposedly, Claudio injured the prestige of IVIC, where “all” nuclear activities of Venezuela supposedly take place. If it can be proven that the Ministry of Energy purchased a nuclear reactor from Argentina, to send to Iran, IVIC’s claim to centralized nuclear activities in Venezuela would be proven incorrect and Claudio could not be fired for the reasons given.
Of course, if this story proved out to be true, which the author has assured fa friend of mine that it is, it would have important repercussions for the three countries involved in the triangulation, which I will discuss when we have more information on the matter..