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September 04, 1968

AIDE MéMOIRE, 'SALE OF 5 TONS OF URANIUM TO BRAZIL'

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    A Brazilian diplomat to Argentina expresses an interest in acquiring five tons of uranium free from safeguards to Argentine authorities. CNEA and the foreign ministry of Argentina approved the request, taking into consideration the favorable diplomatic relations between the two countries at the moment.
    "Aide Mémoire, 'Sale of 5 Tons of Uranium to Brazil'," September 04, 1968, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Critical Oral History Conference on the Argentine-Brazilian Nuclear Cooperation, Rio de Janeiro, March 2012. http://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/123275
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Aide-mémoire – Topic: Sale of 5T of U[ranium] to Brazil

September 4th – 2:30 PM

Dr. Martinez Favini accompanied the First Secretary of the Brazilian Embassy – Mr. Carlos Antonio Bettencourt Bueno – who manifested the Brazilian interest in buying 5T of U[ranium] from Argentina (free of safeguards and within the larger reserve).

(1) I answered that I had to consult higher officials, explaining that even though the quantity was not large, at this moment we were developing a production program related to Atucha Nuclear Power Plant and that these circumstances limited our current capabilities.

(2) Engineer Bancora was informed. He said that he did not see any difficulty in selling 5t of U3O8 to Brazil, and he thought the deal was convenient.

(3) Dr. Stipanicic was consulted, and he confirmed what was said in the sense that it was not convenient to divert the current production to other purposes except to build the needed stock to supply Atucha. According to the production schedule, we could analyze another commitment around mid-1969.

Consultation to Sr. Quilano, Director of Policy for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Thursday, September 12th, 6 PM

- He considers that the current moment favors the goodwill that marks our relations with Brazil, and we should answer their requests whenever they do not cause us extra effort.

Summary

Mr. First Secretary of the Brazilian Embassy – Mr. Carlos Antonio Bettancourt Bueno – will be informally informed that within this spirit of cooperation between the two countries, his request for 5t of U3O8 will be granted, however it will not be possible to make it concrete before mid-1969, due to our current schedule, related to the stock for Atucha’s reactor.

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