Turkey urges Iran critics to destroy nukes, Brazil reacts to US

Brazil and Turkey lashed out at the United States in a deepening confrontation over Iran.

Turkey urges Iran critics to destroy nukes, Brazil reacts to US

Nations criticizing an Iranian nuclear fuel-swap deal brokered by Brazil and Turkey should eliminate their own nuclear weapon stockpiles, Turkey's leader said Friday.

Brazil and Turkey lashed out at the United States in a deepening confrontation over Iran, saying it and other nuclear powers lacked credibility in demanding Tehran hobble its atomic program.

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, a nuclear fuel swap deal they struck last week with Iran should be weighed instead of a US push for sanctions against the Islamic republic.

"First destroy your nuclear weapons"

The Turkish prime minister said that world peace could never be ensured by proliferation of nuclear weapons.

Turkey's Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and he met in Tehran almost two weeks ago for world peace.

"Brazil says 'no' to nuclear weapons in its constitution, and we do have such an intention either, and we do not want nuclear weapons in our region," Erdogan told the Third Forum of the Alliance of Civilizations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Erdogan said all countries that did not want Iran to own nuclear weapons in fact did own those weapons.

Erdogan said: "When we hear people talking about stopping Iran getting nuclear weapons -- who are they to talk against the idea of having nuclear weapons!"

He added that "those who talk like that should eliminate nuclear weapons from their own countries.... That's the only way to be convincing."

"Those who speak to this issue should eliminate nuclear weapons from their own country and they should bear the good news to all mankind by doing that," Erdogan said.

Erdogan said Turkey's aim was to see a political order in the world in which no one was excluded, badly treated, or humiliated.

The Turkish prime minister said he believed everybody, the eastern and the western, should have a place on the table, and therefore he considered the gathering in Iran a
diplomatic victory.

Erdogan made the comments after U.S. officials have criticized the agreement.

"Lula's response to Clinton"

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said in Washington on Thursday that the U.S. has "very serious disagreements with Brazil's diplomacy vis-a-vis Iran."

"We think buying time for Iran, enabling Iran to avoid international unity with respect to their nuclear program, makes the world more dangerous, not less," Clinton said during a talk at the Brookings Institution. "They have a different perspective on what they see they're doing."

Clinton said one of the U.S. government's main concern is that despite the fuel-swap deal, Iran is insisting on continuing to enrich uranium at a high level.

Lula was robust in response to comments Thursday from Clinton that the Brazilian-Turkish deal's effect of "buying time for Iran... makes the world more dangerous, not less."

"The existence of weapons of mass destruction is what makes the world more dangerous," Lula shot back at the opening of a UN Alliance of Civilizations conference in Rio aimed at improving cross-cultural understanding.

He has said the deal he extracted met the demands set out by the US government, requiring Iran to deposit much of its stock of low-enriched uranium in Turkey in exchange, later, for nuclear fuel enriched to a level for medical -- but not military -- use.

"Deal contains Group of Vienna demands"

Both Erdogan and Lula say they do not see the nuclear fuel-swap deal as a solution to the Iranian nuclear standoff, but as a starting point to get Iran back to the negotiations.

Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim told reporters in Rio the fuel swap deal contains all the elements that the U.S. and other nations were seeking in similar agreement last year.

"We are not defenders of Iran. We are trying to help peace," Amorim said. "The agreement contains all that which was proposed by the Group of Vienna, especially by Russia, the United States and France, and now we need time to see if it will bear results."

Silva said that the deal was meant to resolve "a conflict that threatens much more than the stability of an important region of the planet."

"The world needs a peaceful Middle East."

With the agreement signed by Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Iranian Foreign Minister Manuchehr Motaki and Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim in Tehran on May 17, Iran committed to give the 1200kg of 3.5% enriched uranium to Turkey in exchange for 20% enriched uranium it will receive from Western countries to be used as fuel in the nuclear research reactor in Tehran.

Tehran will receive the enriched uranium from the Vienna Group, comprising of the United States, France, Russia and IAEA, in Turkey.

"UN gets Iran deal details"

Meanwhile, Iran has submitted details of how it plans to comply with the Brazil-Turkey accord to the UN atomic watchdog, and said it was awaiting a response.

"Let's keep our optimistic and positive position to invite everybody to come for a solution... to create confidence-building for everybody," Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on a visit to Bulgaria.

"Sanctions (are) a failed policy, which they have tested in the past. If somebody is trying to move in that direction, definitely they will lose," Mottaki said.

"Davutoglu-Clinton likely to meet"

State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who has led the U.S. drive for tough new measures against Iran, would likely meet Turkish Davutoglu in Washington on Tuesday to compare notes on Iran.

Davutoglu, speaking in Brazil on Friday, said Turkey and Brazil were following in the footsteps of U.S. President Barack Obama, whose 2008 campaign platform called for greater engagement of the Islamic Republic.

"This (agreement) is a success for Turkey and Brazil, but it is also a success for President (Barack) Obama's policy of engagement," Davutoglu said.


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Tughluq - 11 yıl Before

Proof for unshakable historical friendship. Arabs should give up the ego and join with Turks and Iranians.