Brazil to abide by any UN sanctions against Iran

10:26, June 02, 2010      

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Foreign Relations Minister Celso Amorim said Tuesday Brazil would have to respect any sanctions passed by the United Nations (UN) Security Council against Iran.

While briefing the Senate's Foreign Relations Commission on the nuclear fuel swap deal signed with Turkey and Iran in May, Amorim said that Brazil was against the sanctions move but would respect them as it always did.

"Brazil meticulously respects the sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council," Amorim said. "If there are sanctions, Brazil will respect them despite not agreeing with them."

He reaffirmed the government's stance that Iran had the right to a nuclear program, as long as it was only for peaceful purposes.

He also said Brazil had been encouraged by the United States government to try to negotiate with Iran and the first talks were during the visit of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the country in March.

The minister, meanwhile, expressed his hope the UN Security Council would not make any "hasty decision" on the matter before the next G20 meeting, to be held in Canada later in June. At the meeting, Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is expected to defend the three-way agreement between Brazil, Turkey and Iran.



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