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Sanctions not the best way forward

27 April 2010 3:31

Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim says that imposing sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program would not be the best way forward.

Imposing sanctions would be a negative and unfair move that bears no fruit, he told Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani during a meeting in Tehran on Monday.

He went on to say that Iran has the right to enrich uranium.

Larijani also criticized the West’s plan to impose sanctions on Iran.

“Issuing resolutions and imposing sanctions is not the correct language for dialogue and interaction with Iran,” Larijani said during talks with the Brazilian foreign minister.

And the fabricated clamor and the propaganda attempting to present a distorted image of Iran’s nuclear activities will not diminish the Iranian nation’s resolve to gain access to nuclear energy meant for peaceful purposes, he added.

Earlier on Monday, in a separate meeting with Saeed Jalili, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, Amorim expressed support for Iran’s civilian nuclear energy program.

Amorim’s two-day visit to Iran is meant to pave the way for Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s trip to Iran next month.

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