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Originally published Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 4:10 PM

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Myanmar says nuclear program will be peaceful

Myanmar's military chief says the country plans to use nuclear technology for medical, research and energy purposes but will not develop atomic weapons.

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YANGON, Myanmar — Myanmar's military chief says the country plans to use nuclear technology for medical, research and energy purposes but will not develop atomic weapons, a statement that came a month after the government said it would declare any nuclear material in the country.

State media on Saturday reported the comments made by the armed-forces commander at the graduation ceremony for the military's Medical Academy.

"In modern medical treatment, nuclear medicine is effectively used to treat cancer with radioactive isotopes and radioactive therapy," Vice Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing told the graduating class on Friday in Yangon.

"The military will not develop nuclear technology to produce weapons of mass destruction but will conduct studies and experiments for peaceful purposes in accordance with international standards to use in the medical sector, in laboratory research for science and in the electrical energy sector," he said.

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