Ahmadinejad Says Brazil and Iran Should Work Together for a More Just World

Brazil's Amorim meets Ahmadinejad in IranBrazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva sent his Foreign minister to Turkey, Rússia and Iran last week. The issue at the top of the agenda in all the conversations: Iran’s nuclear program. Celso Amorim met with Iran’s president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tuesday, but before he saw the Turkish Foreign Minister, Ahmet Davotoglu, over the weekend.

“It is very important to reach a peaceful and negotiated solution for this problem. I still believe that is possible. It is not easy, but it is possible,” said Amorim after talks with Davotoglu. The two ministers discussed a uranium exchange proposal, as well as ways and means to keep talks going between Iran and the West.

On Sunday (April 25) in Russia, Amorim found less enthusiasm for negotiations with a clear tendency in favor of “intelligent sanctions” against Iran because of suspicions that nuclear weapons are the goal of that country’s nuclear program.

On Monday (April 26) in Tehran, Amorim met with the president of the Parliament, Ali Larijani, the minister of Foreign Relations, Manouchehr Mottaki, and the secretary general of the Supreme Council for National Security, Said Jalili. Brazilian diplomats have told that the talks were positive and successful.

Tuesday (April 27) , Amorim met with the president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He hold him that Brazil continues to work for a negotiated settlement of the problem so as to avoid having sanctions placed on Iran because of its nuclear program.

Ahmadinejad told Amorim Brazil and Iran should work towards a new world order: “Iran and Brazil must play a bigger role in the creation of a new more just world order.”

Meanwhile, the pressure in favor of sanctions mounts. Four members of the United Nations Security Council with vetoes, the United States, England, France and Russia are in favor of some sanctions.

The other member with a veto, China, is not enthusiastic about sanctions but may be persuaded to abstain. Formal discussions at the UN on the Iranian nuclear program should take place in May.

President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is scheduled to be in Tehran for an official visit on May 15, returning the visit to Brazil by Ahmadinejad in November.

Uranium Exchange

Part of the Iranian nuclear program imbroglio may be near a solution. The president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, says he is willing to exchange uranium enriched to 3.5%, which Iran has and is proper for fuelling nuclear reactors for electricity, for uranium enriched to 20% that Iran wants and is needed for more specific purposes, for example, nuclear medicine.

The problem is that after achieving the capacity to enrich uranium to 20%, it is easy to then enrich it to much higher percentages used to make nuclear weapons. Under the provisions of the exchange proposal Iran would not enrich its uranium to 20%, but would let some other country do it.
The Iranian ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, Ali Asghar Soltaniyeh, has confirmed that Iran is willing to negotiate with the IAEA a proposal for uranium exchange.


Lula’s special aide for International Affairs, Marco Aurélio Garcia, strongly denies that Brazil is supporting Iran’s right to a nuclear program or defending the president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, because it is a friend of Iran.

According to Garcia, Brazil is trying to get Iran involved in an international discussion of its nuclear plans so that a peaceful solution can be found.

“Who says we are defending Iran? That is a media version of the facts,” declared Garcia, when he was asked if Brazil was picking a fight with other countries, such as the United States, that are in favor of sanctions against Iran.
“We are certainly not defending Iran. What we want are negotiations with Iran so as to achieve a peaceful solution to this impasse. Other countries want to portray Iran as some kind of a devil, sidelining it through sanctions that will not work, except to strengthen Iran’s resolve to resist external threats,” said Garcia.

He added he wanted the media “…to stop passing off this story that Brazil is an Iranian ally, a friend of Iran. All we want to do is bring Iran to the negotiating table for a diplomatic solution.”

Garcia noted that Ahmadinejad has signaled that he is willing to resume relations with the International Atomic Energy Agency. “The most important thing is a willingness on the part of the president of Iran to resume relations with the IAEA. We have one concern here: to get Iran to submit its program to IAEA inspections. If that happens we will be satisfied,” declared Garcia.



  • Show Comments (9)

  • Thorsten

    Brazil should teach Iran how to dress. Tacky-like.

    What’s up with those women wearing jeans like six sizes too small? It don’t even look good.


  • rafael a Brazilian

    as a Brazilian I have to say that a lot of people in my country disagre with out president when he gives suport for this kind of terrorist / autoritaris like Ahmadinejad. I just have to say this.

  • Paul Wilson

    I have heard of an ayatollah who believes earthquakes are caused by women who dress immodestly. No joke.

    Not only is it strange to see Brazil, a seemingly freedom loving democratic nation moving to befriend Iran, it is also hard to imagine because the cultural norms between the two countries differ so much. Can you imagine a Brazilian priest claiming earthquakes are caused by immodestly dressed women. Strangely, certain facts contradict this: Iran, where the women dress modestly, is the site of numerous intense earthquakes, while Brazil, where the women are known for their skimpy bikinis, has no serious earthquakes.

  • Lucinda

    Women with suntans banned in Iran!!
    Today I read the Iranian regime intends to arrest women who have been going to suntanning salons!(Even though they wear a full islamic dress..)
    What next?
    We should stay well away from this kind of islamic extreme culture.

  • Paul Wilson

    [quote]If nuclear is that bad, why more than 10 country have nuclear then why not Iran.[/quote]

    Because the president of Iran regularly calls for obliterating Israel with nuclear weapons. Do you know how Iran has been hanging various people who have participated in peaceful protests against the unfair elections? Do you know how the majority of Iranians are against this regime who stole the election? Do you know of their torturing protestors? Do you know the leader denies the Holocaust? So why is Brazil, a country seemingly committed to democracy, befriending this brutal dictorship??? That is a better question. Obviously Brazil has used nuclear technology for peaceful purposes, but this is not the case with Iran. Lula and others want to present Iran as an innocent country that is being unfairly picked on by the international community, but the real reason is that Petrobras is one of the biggest investors in Iran, with over $2 billion invested there according to the New York Times report on companies doing business there. Brazilians have a long history of criticizing the US for supporting the dictatorship which allowed multinational businesses to flourish in Brazil, but what is good for the goose, is good for the gander: you can’t criticize the US for supporting a dictatorship and then turn around and embrace a far worse dictator. The US was wrong to support the dictatorship of Brazil, but Brazil is wrong to befriend the dictatorship of Iran.

  • Vitrola

    Just a thought!!
    You keep comlainin’ about havin’ good relationships. That’s what every country needed. Everyone should be up for a just world, including the richest country which gains its profits mostly on deadly weapons ( even if they’re not nuclear ). I think you know which country I’m talking about. Think about it ppl

  • Lucinda

    Our best friends!
    Iran our friend?
    What a wonderful idea.Play with snakes – but we should not be surprised to get bitten one day.

  • Nomoredespots

    Brazil and Iran to create a just world? What a horrifying thought!
    I could not imagine a more horrible scenario than a world created by Brazil and Iran. Instead of all this nuclear hoopla, spending billion on weapons, why don’t Brazil and Iran fix the poverty in their countries.

    It seems that belligerent fascist and, in the case of Iran, mad leaders never really care about their own people.

  • Guess

    If nuclear is that bad, why more than 10 country have nuclear then why not Iran.

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