Brazilian president reaffirms peaceful solution to Iran nuclear issue

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Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva reaffirmed on Monday his country's commitment to finding a peaceful solution to the Iranian nuclear issue instead of military conflicts.

"Only dialogue will silence the guns. I say every single day that there are millions of reasons for us to make peace and not a single reason to justify a war," Lula said in his weekly radio show, Breakfast with the President.

During the radio show, Lula said the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Forum, which took place last week in Rio, has given an answer to those who want to divide the world.

In his speech at the forum, Lula argued for Iran's right to a nuclear program for peaceful purposes, criticized so-called preventive military actions and condemned the powerful countries' attitude of "propagating fear instead of promoting dialogue."

On May 17, Iran signed an accord with Turkey and Brazil in Tehran, under which it would ship most of its low-enriched uranium to Turkey in exchange for the 20-percent uranium fuel needed for its Tehran reactor. However, some countries including the United States insisted on sanctions.

In a meeting with businessmen in Rio on Monday, Lula said that mutual respect is needed in dealing with relations between countries, referring to the differences between his country and the United States over the Iran nuclear issue.



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