Despite its initial ‘nay’ vote to the anti-Iran UN Security Council resolution and efforts to find a diplomatic solution to Tehran’s nuclear Issue, Brazil has signed the decree.
“President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva signed the decree because there is a tradition of carrying out (UN) Security Council resolutions, including those we don’t agree with,” the country’s Foreign Minister Celso Amorim said on Tuesday, AFP reported.
On May 17, Iran issued a declaration with Brazil and Turkey based on which it agreed to exchange the bulk of its low-enriched uranium on Turkish soil with fuel for Tehran research reactor.
The US and its European allies snubbed the declaration and used their influence on the UN Security Council to impose a fourth round of sanctions on Iran.
Both Ankara and Brasilia condemned the new sanctions, saying it was a major setback in resolving the West’s standoff over Iran’s nuclear program.
Following the UNSC resolution, the US and EU also imposed unilateral sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, targeting the country’s energy and financial sectors.
Iran has criticized the UNSC sanctions arguing that as a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.