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Friday, May 28, 2010

Smart diplomacy: Brazil claims Obama approved Iran deal

Brazil is furious with the United States' rejection of the deal it made with Iran over the latter country's uranium enrichment program. The Brazilians are claiming that President Obama had approved the outline of the deal before the Brazilians negotiated it.
But that new agreement is also causing friction, particularly between the United States and Brazil. Angry at Washington’s dismissal of the deal, Brazilian officials on Wednesday provided a full copy of the three-page letter President Obama sent to President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Brazil in April, arguing that it laid the groundwork for the agreement they reached in Tehran.

“There continues to be some puzzlement” among Brazilian officials about why American official would reject the deal now, a senior Brazilian official said. “The letter came from the highest authority and was very clear.”

In the letter, Mr. Obama wrote that an agreement by Iran to transfer about 2,600 pounds of low-enriched uranium out of the country “would build confidence and reduce regional tensions by substantially reducing Iran’s” uranium stockpile. But he also made clear that the United States would continue to pursue sanctions while leaving the “door open to engagement with Iran.”

Susan E. Rice, the American ambassador to the United Nations, said the letter from Mr. Obama to Mr. da Silva should not be taken in isolation. “No one document or discussion captures the totality of the discussion and their mutual understanding,” she said.

Smart diplomacy indeed.


At 2:17 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Obama... caught between Ahmedinejad and Lula.


At 2:23 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Hi Carl.
Told you what he says and does are two different things .Iran is not his target it's Israel.Maybe he can invite some more rabbis to the White House?


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