Iran, Brazil with potentials to cooperate on nuclear activities

09:34, November 17, 2009      

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The Brazilian charge d'affaire in Tehran said Monday that Iran and Brazil enjoy potentials to extend cooperation to nuclear activities, the semi-official ISNA news agency reported.

Ties between Iran and Brazil are mainly political and economic, however, "there are other potentials in various domains for cooperation, such as in energy and nuclear energy fields," Brazilian diplomat Phillip Flores Pinto was quoted as saying.

Pinto said Iran has the right to use peaceful nuclear energy and Brazil knows that Iran obeys the international regulations and it must have the opportunity to make the issue transparent, the report said.

Iran is Brazil's economic partner in the Middle East and could act as a gate for the country to the region and central Asia, he told ISNA.

In September, Iran's foreign minister said "Iran and Brazil can play major roles in new world order, such as cooperating in global nuclear disarmament and at international arena," according to the official IRNA news agency.

Israel is concerned about Iran's infiltration of South and Latin America. Brazil's maintenance of relations with Iran and even bilateral visits between the two states have been sources of concern not only for Israel but also for the United States.

In the rise of west's pressure on Iran to sent out mass of its low grade uranium in exchange for high grade uranium to be used in Tehran's research reactor, Iran has urged the nuclear countries to supply it with the needed fuel, saying that "countries which possess nuclear fuel are duty-bound to provide the Islamic Republic with it."

Source: Xinhua
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