Brazil's Lula slams Iran sanctions, calls for UN reforms

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Wednesday slammed the new UN sanctions on Tehran over its nuclear program as coming at a great cost to the imposers.

Brazil's Lula slams Iran sanctions, calls for UN reforms

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Wednesday slammed the new UN sanctions on Tehran over its nuclear program as coming at a great cost to the imposers.

Brazil and Turkey, that were disappointed over West's insistence for new sanctions despite deal and dismissal of an atomic fuel deal with Iran that they say made new sanctions unnecessary, voted against the fourth round of sanctions imposed by the 15-nation council against Iran.

Describing the move as a "Pyrrhic victory," a success that comes with a massive burden to the victors, Lula told reporters that the move "weakened the UN Security Council."

Lula lamented that the make-up of the Security Council had not changed since its creation in 1948, and said it needs to be reformed to include members from Latin America and Asia. Brazil is currently one of the Council's rotating members.

"I sincerely hopes that (Iranian President Mahmoud) Ahmadinejad remains calm," Lula told a press conference in Natal, northeastern Brazil.

"I talked a lot with the prime minister of Turkey (Recep Tayyip Erdogan) and decided to vote against (the sanctions) because we have our name on an agreement," he added.

"Brazil and Turkey did what the countries of the UN Council failed to do: take Iran to the negotiating table."

Foreign Minister Celso Amorim told reporters in the capital Brasilia he saw no reason why the fresh round of sanctions would have any impact on the nuclear dispute.

"It's more likely that it will have a negative effect," he said.

He said he was unsure whether Brazil and Turkey would remain involved in negotiations with Iran, but said he expected Brazil's relations with the United States to remain strong despite the disagreement over the Iran issue.

Brazil and Turkey helped broker an agreement announced in May under which Tehran agreed 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.

But, U.S. officials refused last month's deal.


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Tughluq
Tughluq - 11 yıl Before

Mr Lula has proved he is determined and courages. We salute you Sir.