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Brazilian Nuclear Ambitions?

By Jaylan Boyle, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - Incendiary remarks from Brazilian Vice President Josá Alencar last month regarding the country's nuclear ambitions have provoked speculation that Latin America may soon cease to be the world's largest nuclear-free region.

Although confirming that Brazil currently does not have plans to build atomic weapons, Alencar said that "we should advance on that". He also remarked, "The nuclear weapon, used as an instrument of deterrence, is of great importance for a country which has 15,000 kilometers of border to the west and a territorial sea where oil reserves have . . .

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