Bolivia to Build First Nuclear Power Plant

Aims to become fourth Latin American nation to harness atomic energy after Brazil, Argentina and Mexico

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Bolivia's President Evo Morales, center, walks to Congress in La Paz on Jan. 22, 2014.

Bolivia is to build its first nuclear power station, the BBC reports.

The landlocked South American nation has been offered help from Iran, France and Argentina to develop atomic energy, President Evo Morales told members of the Bolivian Congress.

“Bolivia cannot remain excluded from this technology, which belongs to all humankind,”  the 54-year-old said in his annual state of the union address in La Paz.

Only three Latin America countries — Brazil, Argentina and Mexico — have operating nuclear power stations, having all begun programs in the 1970s. In addition, Chile has small-scale experimental reactors.