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Brazil Says It Supports 'Peaceful' Iranian Nuclear Work

VOA News 26 April 2010

Brazil's foreign minister is in Tehran for talks with Iranian officials on bilateral and international issues, including the dispute over Iran's nuclear program.

Foreign Minister Celso Amorim said Monday that Brazil supports expansion of what he called "peaceful nuclear activities" for Iran's people, just as it does for its own people.

He spoke during talks with Iran's top nuclear negotiator, Saeed Jalili.

The United States and its allies accuse Iran of using its nuclear program to secretly develop weapons. And Washington is leading a diplomatic push to get Brazil and other U.N. Security Council members to approve new sanctions against Iran over the issue.

Iran says its nuclear program is for peaceful civilian purposes. Brazil has not said how it would vote on a new sanctions resolution.

Iran has been pursuing closer relations with Brazil as part of its own diplomatic campaign to prevent a fourth round of U.N. sanctions. Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva plans to visit Iran next month. The two nations are major trading partners.

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki continued his efforts to avert U.N. sanctions Monday by visiting Bosnia, another U.N. Security Council member.

Mottaki held talks in Sarajevo with the Bosnian Muslim chairman of Bosnia's tri-partite Presidency, Haris Silajdzic, and with Bosnian Foreign Minister Sven Alkalaj.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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