Tehran Declaration not useless effort: Brazilian FM

15:31, August 12, 2010      

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Brazil's efforts to seek a peaceful solution to the Iranian nuclear issue were not in vain even though such a settlement has yet to be found, Foreign Minister Celso Amorim said Wednesday.

According to the minister, the Tehran Declaration signed by Iran, Turkey and Brazil on May 17 was an attempt to help resolve the Iranian nuclear standoff.

"Iran has been wanting to negotiate again. If that happens, it is possibly because of the declaration," Amorim said.

Under the Tehran Declaration, Iran committed itself to giving 1,200 kg of its 3.5-percent enriched uranium to Turkey in exchange for 20-percent uranium to be used as fuel in the research reactor in Tehran.

On Tuesday, the United States imposed further sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program by identifying 21 entities believed to be owned or controlled by the Iranian government.

Amorim has criticized the U.S. move, saying isolating Iran "will not contribute to a peaceful solution to the issue."

Western countries have long suspected Iran is trying to build nuclear bombs under the cover of a nuclear energy program. However, Iran insists its enrichment activity is only for peaceful purpose.

Source: Xinhua


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