Everyone sure hopes he's joking. During a televised cabinet meeting on Tuesday, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez quipped to his mining minister, "How's the uranium for Iran? For the atomic bomb?" The Guardian reports that cabinet ministers sniggered and grinned in response. Last month, it became known that Iran was helping Venezuela detect uranium deposits, leaving the U.S. State Department worried about possible nuclear transfers between the two countries despite Chávez's repeated statements that all countries should end their nuclear-weapons programs and his insistence that Iran and Venezuela have a "sovereign right" to pursue peaceful nuclear goals. "They are going to start saying that we are going to make an atomic bomb," Chávez said.