Lula to visit Iran to boost agreement on nuclear issue

09:59, April 23, 2010      

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Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said Thursday his visit to Iran in May may encourage an agreement on the nuclear dispute between Teheran and the international community.

Speaking to reporters after meeting his Lebanese counterpart General Michel Sleiman, Lula stated Brazil's position to seek a negotiated solution to the Iranian nuclear issue and defend Teheran's right to develop a peaceful nuclear program.

Western powers led by the United States are promoting sanctions against Iran in the United Nations Security Council for the alleged development of its nuclear program aimed at building nuclear weapons. But Brasilia considers sanctions counterproductive.

Lula said he was making efforts to mediate between Teheran and the Security Council as well as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Lula also said he sent Foreign Minister Celso Amorim to Teheran on Thursday, who will pass through Turkey and Moscow.

"We want to prepare for the trip properly because we want to know the possibilities of the IAEA to make a deal with Iran," Lula said.

Asked if he feared Iran would build nuclear weapons, Lula said peace was the limit.

"Brazil supports that Iran has the right to produce nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, either to produce electricity or remedies. What Brazil is never going to defend is that they may use nuclear energy if it is not for peaceful purposes," he said.



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