OTTAWA–According to a piece published in the July 26 edition of the Ottawa Citizen–the Turkish government has ordered the Turkish Nuclear Energy Commission to prepare a report detailing prospects of making Turkey a stronger nation due to its nuclear capabilities–by producing nuclear weapons.
Turkey has expressed interest in buying two Candu reactors from Canada–stated the Turkish Ambassador to Canada Omer Ersun in an extensive interview with the Ottawa Citizen–the entire text of which will be published in the Weekend Edition of Asbarez.
The newspaper reported that Canadian nuclear energy experts have deemed the Turkish venture extremely dangerous.
According to the Istanbul-based Marmara Armenian newspaper–Turkey is ready to pay $4 billion to acquire the new reactors–which will be stationed at Akkuyu Bay–on the Turkish Mediterranean coast–in order to establish its own nuclear plants.
Marmara added that while the price of uranium on the common market fairly inexpensive–Turkish officials have stated that Turkey would produce its own plutonium–which call into question Turkey’s motives for such a venture.
An announcement from the Turkish Nuclear Energy Commission stated that the new plants would have a strategic and economic importance.
A release from the Atomic Energy of Canada opined that Turkey was planning to produce its own weapons–thus it does not want to purchase the needed uranium from the common market.
"The recent nuclear bomb tests by Pakistan and India–both having Candu reactors–have added new urgency to this concern," stated the Ottawa Citizen.
Several experts at Toronto University stated that the operation and construction of the proposed nuclear plants at Akkuyu Bay was extremely dangerous since Akkuyu rested on an earthquake fault.
Ambassador Ersum decried such evaluations–stating that commen’s about fault-lines and other deterring aspects were merely "Anti-Turkish" propaganda–stressing that country needed the nuclear plants to move toward the 21st century.
Ersum also defended Turkey’s excessive military spending by saying that Syrians–Greeks and Armenia’s had territorial deman’s from Turkey.