TEHRAN – Brazil’s foreign minister on Monday asked Iran to be more flexible in the exchange of nuclear fuel, which he described as an “important” factor for reaching a solution on the nuclear issue.
Celso Amorim made the statement at a joint press conference in Tehran with his Iranian counterpart, Manucher Mottaki.
“We give importance to an agreement on the exchange of nuclear fuel since that would create trust, which is something we believe must be done,” Amorim said.
The Brazilian insisted on Iran’s right to have access to peaceful nuclear technology, but urged the Iranian regime to create greater confidence in the nature of its nuclear program.
“What we want for Iran is the same that we want for Brazil, which is that Iran have a peaceful nuclear capability while at the same time showing that its activities have no ulterior motives,” he said.
Brazil has a nuclear power program that includes large-scale uranium enrichment.
Amorim, who was asked about his country’s position in case the United States continues to press for stringent sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, said that ambiguities and doubts often arise with regard to these activities.
“Brazil says that these ambiguities must be resolved as the (International Atomic Energy) agency requests,” he said.
Amorim said there must be a way to convince the international community that Iran’s nuclear activities have no hidden agenda.
“Brazil believes that everything that is done should be aimed at building confidence,” he said.
Amorim denied that political pressure has been brought to bear on Brazil in connection with Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s trip to Iran.
“Brazil is not a country that goes down on its knees – that has never happened in the past because Brazil takes decisions on the basis of its own ideas,” he said.
Amorim also said there is no reason his country’s relations with China, Russia, the United States or Europe should be affected by his dealings with Iran.
“There has been no pressure, and if there has been, it’s had no effect,” he said.
The minister also explained the reasons for his trip to Iran and mentioned the bilateral relations between the two countries.
“We are a member of the United Nations Security Council and we had to understand better the position of Iran to see how we can resolve the Iranian question,” he said.
Amorim said that he understood the position of Iran through meetings with Mottaki, parliament speaker Ali Larijani and the secretary of the national security council, Said Khalili.
“Brazil wishes to take part in the complete resolution of the case of Iran,” he said, adding that he had a meeting scheduled for Tuesday afternoon with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to whom he will deliver a message from Lula. EFE