BHP (ASX:BHP) says it has not reached agreement on the financial obligations of its Samarco joint venture with Brazilian company Vale SA following a 2015 mine disaster.
The mining giant says operations at Samarco will only restart if it is safe, economically viable and has the support of the community.
BHP and Vale SA each hold a 50 per cent interest in the Samarco mine.
The statement comes after a second dam burst in Brazil on Friday at a mine solely owned by Vale SA.
The mining disaster occurred in 2015 when a dam burst, killing 19 people and destroying several Brazilian communities.
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