Brazil opposes new sanctions on Iran

Brazil sees Iran's fuel swap deal as a first step toward a broader agreement on nuclear program, Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim said.

Brazil opposes new sanctions on Iran

Brazil sees Iran's fuel swap deal as a first step toward a broader agreement on the Islamic Republic's nuclear program, Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim said on Tuesday.

Speaking at a press briefing in Brasilia after returning from Tehran, Amorim said the agreement brokered by Brazil and Turkey brought "significant advances" in the standoff between Iran and the West over its nuclear energy program.

Amorim stressed that Brazil has no reason to believe that Iran's nuclear program has military objectives, as some Western powers have suggested. He also questioned the wisdom of imposing further economic sanctions on Iran.

"This was the first time ever Iran has accepted a proposal in writing, without questions," Amorim said.

"All issues that were considered essential for this uranium swap deal, which was seen as the passport for a negotiated and peaceful resolution, were fulfilled," he said.

"To ignore this agreement would be despising a peaceful solution. We hope there is time for an analysis."

Amorim said Tehran had agreed to send a letter to the U.N.'s atomic watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, in the coming days outlining the terms of the fuel swap agreement.

Brazil currently holds a rotating seat on the U.N. Security Council. Amorim scoffed at the Security Council members that are circulating a draft of sanctions against Iran.

"We have a chance, indeed, to achieve a peaceful and negotiated solution," he said. "Those who turn down that possibility, or who think that sanctions or other measures would get us closer, they'll have to take responsibility for that."

Meanwhile, Brazil will participate to discuss a draft U.N. Security Council sanctions resolution against Iran due to a new nuclear fuel deal with Tehran that it helped broker, Brazil's U.N. envoy said on Tuesday.

"Brazil is not engaging in any discussion on a draft at this point because we feel that there is a new situation," Brazilian Ambassador Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti told reporters on the sidelines of a Security Council meeting.

"There was an agreement yesterday which is a very important one."

Tehran agreed earlier this week to send uranium abroad, reviving a fuel swap plan drafted by the United Nations with the aim of keeping Iran's nuclear activities in check.


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