Brazilian president says it is not wise to corner Iran

10:37, March 04, 2010      

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Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Siva said on Wednesday that it is not prudent to drive Iran into a corner over its recently-announced uranium enrichment program.

The Brazilian president defended the use of diplomacy instead of sanctions to solve the Iranian impasse.

"Brazil has a clear vision about the Mid-East and understands that it is possible to build another path. I have already said that it is not prudent to drive Iran into a corner. It is prudent to start negotiations," the president said.

President Lula also reaffirmed that Brazil will support Iran on the program as long as it is used for peaceful objectives. He added that he has already discussed his government's stance with U. S. President Barack Obama and British Prime-Minister Gordon Brown.

"I have publicly stated that I want for Iran the same thing I want for Brazil: to develop nuclear power for peaceful purposes. If Iran agrees to it, Brazil will offer its support, but if Iran goes beyond that, it will go against the Brazilian Constitution and therefore, we cannot agree."

Brazil is being pressured by the U.S. over its support to the Iranian nuclear program. Earlier on Wednesday, U.S. State Secretary Hillary Clinton met with Brazilian congressmen to discuss the subject. She will also discuss it with President Lula and Foreign Relations Minister Celso Amorim in a meeting later in the day.

Source: Xinhua
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