Now, It’s Brazil’s Defense Minister Who Comes in Defense of Iran

    Minister Nelson Jobim

    Minister Nelson Jobim After declarations by Brazil’s Foreign Minister, Celso Amorim, in favor of dialogue with Tehran, the Brazilian minister of Defense, Nelson Jobim, made it public that he also is in favor of further talks with Iran after that country announced it will enrich uranium to 20%.

    That announcement caused a strong negative reaction in most of the international community and prompted the threat of sanctions from the United States and France, among others.

    Jobim criticized what he called “radicalizing,” and signaled that Brazil may continue to support the Iranian position. “Brazil is not against anybody. We have a tradition of resolving things through dialogue,” said the minister.

    Jobim pointed out that enrichment to 20% is necessary for the manufacture of pharmaceutical goods and some kinds of food. Enrichment to 5% is what is used for running a nuclear reactor that generates electricity, which is what Brazil does at its nuclear power plants in Angra dos Reis, he explained.

    Asked if Brazil would fight in favor of Iran, Jobim rebutted the question: “I don’t know if that would be in favor of Iran or in favor of ourselves.”

    Although Iran has clearly changed the direction of its nuclear program, that country is betting that Brazil will continue to support them.

    The Iranian ambassador in Brazil, Mohsen Shaterzadeh, said it was up to the International Atomic Energy Agency to inspect the Iranian nuclear program and that the president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has left the door open for further negotiations regarding the purchase of fuel from other countries.

    Shaterzadeh said he is sure of Brazilian support, although he has not spoken with Brazilian Foreign Minister, Celso Amorim, about the changes in the Iranian program.

    “I don’t see any reason to talk to minister Celso Amorim, because I am certain that president Lula is convinced that the Iranian nuclear program, just like the Brazilian program, is for peaceful ends,” said the ambassador.

    “We believe completely in Brazil. We have common interests and no country can intervene to undo our collaboration.”

    ABr

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    • Andrade

      [quote]The BBC, NYTimes, Al Jazeera have been covering the demonstrations for weeks now. [/quote]

      I don’t read or watch these three you listed. I prefer the unbiased news coverage of out TV Networks, like Globo, Band, Record, etc;

    • hunh?

      [quote]The argument that majority of Iranians don’t support the government is questionable, even if Ahmadinejad cheated to win the election he would have to have gotten a significant amount of votes to pull this off! [/quote]

      All independent polls and news agencies following the election both inside the country and abroad found the opposition had a substantial majority. That is why the results of the election were so shocking. It wasn’t even a close election, in fact, it was just the opposite: Ahmadinejad won in a landslide, which is why the protestors who normally fear speaking out against this brutal regime, came out in the streets in protests. So before you go on jabbering about people being too stupid to understand, just read the news: The BBC, NYTimes, Al Jazeera have been covering the demonstrations for weeks now. Your argument that Iran would not use nukes since it would fear retaliation makes no sense: if that was the case then why would they even bother pursuing making them? More importantly, you are assuming something rational about this regime. These are people who claim the holocaust never happened and they will wipe Israel off the map: these people are not stable, neither Israel nor any other country affected by this threat are going to sit by and hope your logic is correct. The point is, to find a diplomatic solution before it becomes an international crisis. Brazil is not offering a diplomatic solution, they are only encouraging the Iranians by allying with them.

    • hunh?

      should Brazil stand up for the “little guy”? HA-HA! This means defend a dictator who is ruthlessly beating, and killing his own people for protesting? There are lots of really “little guys” in the world could defend (its own poor, smaller powerless nations, etc) but Iran is not the poor helpless guy here.

    • hunh?

      fried chc: when I say Iran is not my enemy nor my countries you seem to find this hard to believe. Can you imagine that I have friends and acquaintances here in the US who are Iranian? I can’t speak for most Americans, but I know that many Iranians are very critical of this current regime. Just watch the news today on the opposition rallies. I also know that Obama’s relation Iran is different from Bush. He does not see them as the “Axis of Evil” Bush spoke of. The EU and US would simply like to see them drop their war mongering posturing that will likely lead to a standoff between the Israelis and Iran unless things change. This would be bad for the region and the world. Again, the Iranians are not my enemy. I have no enemy: we are all one human family. I wish success to the Iranian protestors who are striving for a more transparent and democratic society.

    • Leo Bonneville

      The problem here…
      I think the main issue with the Iranian Nuclear Program is the fact that if they were ever capable of making a NUKE, who is to guarantee that this weapon wouldn’t get in the hands of terrorists?

      I’m 100% sure that the Iranian Government would never use such a weapon for obvious reasons.. (if you’re too stupid to understand, Iran’s enemies also possesses NUKES thus retaliation would soon follow).

      The argument that majority of Iranians don’t support the government is questionable, even if Ahmadinejad cheated to win the election he would have to have gotten a significant amount of votes to pull this off!

      Iran must comply with the international community, Brazil should only try to encourage them to a dialog, the whole world knows that Iran can not guarantee the safety of the weapons of mass destruction.

      In the other hand, the USA and its allies lost a lot of credibility after no such weapons were found in Iraq, when they said they had proof and were sure of it.

      So the dilema, should Brazil stand up for the little guys or follow the guidance of the almighty powerful superpowers of the world? Well, thats gonna depend on who is leading Brazil, but for the most part Brazil will do what they want and feel is right…

      Leo Bonneville

    • Andrade

      [quote]I suspect it has more to do with Iran trying to find alternative trading partners if sanctions are imposed. I guess this would position Brazil to do good business with Brazil.[/quote]

      You are getting cleverer everyday.:D;-)

      No wonder Sarkosy,Merckel, Putin, etc; are quite upset with Mr.Lula.:P

    • fired chc

      …..
      [b]Neither Iran nor the Iranian people are enemies of me, nor my country (US)…..[/b] Riiiiiiiight!

      I can see it now: Uncle Sam and Mr. Ahmadinejad getting real fuzzy on the same couch, by the fire place, in a Canadian login-cabin in the middle of winter.

      What did Santa Claus bring you last Xmas? We are talking major Psycho talk here…. Hehehehe!

      Costinha

    • hunh?

      Fried chc: Neither Iran nor the Iranian people are enemies of me, nor my country (US). I am for the democratic rebellion of the majority of Iranians who will be out in the streets tomorrow protesting. I am for avoiding destabilizing this region of the world, and indirectly Europe as well as the oil embargo that will likely follow from all this. It seems your leaders (Lula) is not aware of this effect, nor does he seem to care that Iran has repeatedly threatened to wipe Israel off the map if it gets nuclear weapons.
      Capnamerca: I don’t get it either. Yes, why now when Brazil is trying get a permanent seat on the security council would they go against the important issue?
      I suspect it has more to do with Iran trying to find alternative trading partners if sanctions are imposed. I guess this would position Brazil to do good business with Brazil. I find it strange as well. And very disappointing to see what dishonesty Lula is capable of.

    • fired chc

      ….
      [b]Gringolandia:[/b] Iran is your enemy, don’t make it ours!

      God Mess America… the Land of the Fee and Home of the Slave

      Costinha

    • Capnamerca

      I don’t understand . . .
      Why, if Brazil wants to be a prominent player on the security council, they oppose the security council so strongly on one of the major world security issues of the time.

      Just makes absolutely no sense to me. Perhaps they believe Iran will be the victor in the end, and they want to be on the right side of the fence when that happens. If Iran persists in this direction, I predict two things will occur.

      1. The world will cut them off and they will become another 3rd world country like N. Korea.

      2. The citizens will overthrow the dictatorship.

    • Andrade

      [quote]So why is Lula bending over to kiss this tyrants’ ass? [/quote]

      May be Tony Blair coached him how to do it.;-)

    • hunh?

      [quote]”I don’t see any reason to talk to minister Celso Amorim, because I am certain that president Lula is convinced that the Iranian nuclear program, just like the Brazilian program, is for peaceful ends,” said the ambassador.[/quote] HA-HA! Somebody please show your defense minister and Lula how to access the BBC news in Portuguese. There has been overwhelming evidence through satelite imagery and spy connections that clearly demonstrate to the world that Iran is moving towards making nuclear arms. I am sure Lula knows this is not true, but he has a deal with the devil he wants to make. The Iranian people are going to protest in mass tomorrow and it will likely be a bloody affair much like the past protests against the rigged elections. If you want to know about the bloody brutal regime and their president who Lula insists on hugging to the shame of Brazil and the world community, then just pay read the news on Iran tomorrow. The majority of Iranians are against this regime and it’s undemocratic ways. So why is Lula bending over to kiss this tyrants’ ass?

    • Andrade

      [quote]Shaterzadeh said he is sure of Brazilian support, although he has not spoken with Brazilian Foreign Minister, Celso Amorim, about the changes in the Iranian program.[/quote]

      If I were Mr.Shaterzadeh, I wouldn’t be too sure about the support of Jobim. It is like Mr.Saddam trusting Donald Rumsfeld.;-):D;-)8)

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