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  • Brazil to Clinton on Iran Sanctions: "Count Us Out!"

    It appears that Secretary Clinton’s much anticipated meeting with Brazilian President Lula da Silva and Foreign Minister Celso Amorim on March 3 resulted in the diplomatic cold shoulder with regard to cooperative action aimed at curbing Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

    While in Brazil on her Latin America swing, Secretary Clinton made quite clear the U.S. wants to “send a unified message to Iran that they are perfectly free to have peaceful, civil nuclear power. But they are not, under the very agreements that they signed, entitled to a nuclear weapons program. “Her goal was to open Brazilian eyes to the Iranian danger just as Obama Administration eyes have opened recently.

    The Brazilian response to international actions to halt Iran’s nuclear ambitions remains negative.  Foreign Minister Amorim opposes “pushing Iran into a corner.”  If new sanctions proposals reach the Security Council, where Brazil holds a temporary seat, Amorim warned: “We will not simply bow down to an evolving consensus if we do not agree.”

    In a press conference with Clinton, Amorim tended to view Iran through the prism of Iraq, downplaying the nuclear threat.

    The alleged idea that Iran is, say, deceiving and misleading and not being very straightforward with Brazil, Turkey and China – all I – what I have to say is that I acted as ambassador to Turkey before critical decisions were made on Iraq. And that’s very much what I heard back in 1998, 1999. I mean, smoke and mirrors – were playing smoke and mirrors.”

    Later Amorim admitted that while uncertain about Iran’s true intentions, he was confident more negotiations will improve the situation.  “Even if Iran does develop the atomic bomb,” commented Amorim, “– I’m not saying it will do it or does not want to do it or it cannot do it. What I’m saying is that even if they do set out to do that, it’ll be a while.”

    The Clinton visit generated one commitment. Lula promised to put Iran’s nuclear ambitions on his agenda when he visits Tehran in May.  Perhaps while he is there, Lula can also request a field trip to the uranium enrichment facility at Natanz for a closer look at Iran’s whirling centrifuges.

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    4 Responses to Brazil to Clinton on Iran Sanctions: "Count Us Out!"

    1. Mario Berardelli, Mo says:

      First, I would like to point out that we are still paying for the credibility gap that we built up during the Bush years. Next, I think someone should point out to President Lula da Silva that rather than being worried at Iran being pushed into a corner he might start worrying about the US not having any options. A few countries seem to have the same short-sightedness and I think it might be that they are trying to have the cake and eat it too. Counting on US to solve the problem and stay on friendly terms with the Revolutionary Guard.

    2. Pingback: Brazil says “no” to cooperating with sanctions against Iran

    3. Alan, Thailand says:

      Brazil showed its sovereignty by not bowing to U.S bullying and arm twisting. There has been no evidence of Iran having a "nuclear weapon" program and everyone knows it including American administration. This is pure lies and deception exactly like the same thing U.S. did before cowardly and violently attacking a weak country, Iraq. U.S empire will collapse even faster than is doing now if it (or Israel) attack Iran. Maybe that wouldn't be so bad after all since americans are dumb enough to concern themselves with Iran which poses no threat to them, than the enemies within, Federal Reserve and other Banksters which have been destroying your country for years. Americans need to turn off their TV and wake up.

    4. patrickny2000 says:

      this is crazy the bomb needs to be abolished even ours (USA) society allready

      has enough problems with the weather causing havic and destruction.

      when will the world learn when one goes off by accident (SORRY WILL NOT BE GOOD ENOUGH THEN)

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