May 14th, 2010
09:38 PM ET

Medvedev: Brazilian visit could be last chance for Tehran

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's visit to Iran this weekend could be the last opportunity to reach an agreement with Tehran and to avoid U.N. Security Council sanctions, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Friday.

"Given that my friend President Lula is an optimist, I will also be an optimist, and estimate it [the probability of his successful mission to Tehran] at 30 percent," Medvedev said with a chuckle. He spoke in a televised joint press conference with Lula after Russian-Brazilian talks in Moscow.

"I am very much counting on the mission of the Brazilian president to be successful," he added, switching to a serious tone.

"This could be the last chance before the U.N. Security Council makes the already known decisions," Medvedev said, referring to the U.N. decision on imposing sanctions against Iran.

"Yesterday, we discussed this issue on the phone with the United States president, bearing in mind that we need a consolidated position on this issue. And I said that, in my opinion, it is necessary to give the Brazilian president an opportunity to use the entire set of arguments that the international community has at the moment, to persuade Iran to begin cooperating," Medvedev said.

"If there are no changes [in the Iranian position], if attempts to persuade Iran in favor of relevant forms of cooperation fail, then the international community will be compelled to act according to the approaches that are also being discussed by the sextet. I would not like the situation to develop that way. Nevertheless, I can't exclude it."

The sextet refers to the six nations that have been dealing with the Iran nuclear issue - China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The Brazilian president, for his part, said: "I am going there realizing that the dialogue that will take place is vital and I will try to use all my power of persuasion in this dialogue," according to the translation on the Kremlin website. "I will try to do my best to arrive at some sort of an agreement. I am flying to Iran convinced that we will find it."

The Brazilian president said that it is his goal to persuade his counterpart, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to cooperate with the international community.

"With every day bringing the talks in Iran closer, I am becoming a greater optimist," Lula said. "I was an optimist yesterday, and I am much more of an optimist today. And probably I will be an even greater optimist after meeting President Ahmadinejad."

Medvedev noted that currently there are few differences among the sextet of mediators on the Iranian nuclear problem, calling their approach a "consolidated" one.

"The general approaches are invariable, and virtually all countries adhere to them," he said.

"Firstly, Iran's nuclear program must be peaceful. Secondly, it should be controlled by the IAEA [International Atomic Energy Agency]. Thirdly, Iran must cooperate with the international community and the IAEA, and in the fourth place, Iran must observe the rules concerning the non-proliferation of nuclear technologies," Medvedev said.

The Russian and U.S. presidents discussed various bilateral and international issues in a phone call on Thursday that lasted for more than an hour and a half, according to the Kremlin press office. Medvedev and President Barack Obama discussed Iran's nuclear problem in detail, it said.

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  1. Scott

    Seriously, what's the point. Iran will never be up front about anything they have going on. They will smile and "negotiate" with the rest of the world out of one side of their mouth and then plot and support terrorism (Hezbollah/Hamas) out of the other. The world should use this opportunity to unite together for the common good and take Iran down. I'd say bomb them back to the stone age, but they are still there in terms of society. The population there are ready for a new revolution, the last one is a failure.

    May 14, 2010 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. moses

    How many times should the whole world be humilated by a stone age regime who has no respect for anybody in this world including his own people ?!

    May 14, 2010 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Tony Zale

    More important than giving up Nuclear ambition is for Iran to reform its system of government. This stupid concept of Vilayat e Fiqhi which is in reality a formalized form of dictatorship has to end. Iran must once again have a normal form of government and NOT this mickey mouse stuff.

    Tony Zale

    May 14, 2010 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mohammad A Dar

    It may be the last chance as well for USA and Israel to live in peace. Attack on Iran will definiely invite a response in same, un stop able by any one, involving Muslim Population. bringing Definitely in danger of nuclear Inhalation of the population of not just the occupying Jewish forces but including the European cities with in the reach of Iranian Missiles. American and Zionist approach to this matter is nothing else but a invitation to the third world war.

    May 14, 2010 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Irani30

    It is iran right to defend himself,,It is iran right to have nuclear energy.
    end of discussion

    May 14, 2010 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. wigscene

    Bring it on Mohammad A Dar!!! How is Iran going to progress if they go into a Third World War? They won't. What's before stone age? Iran will be there before the U.S. is. Count on that.

    May 15, 2010 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
    • James

      Lisiten everyone,this 3rd world war will be over in a jiffy, cuz once one nuclear bomb is shot at someone, they will shoot back, imagine, Russia, United States, Iran, Israel and China all shooting nukes all over the place, ww3 will be over in minutes!!! just my 10cents, i would rather not comment on the actual matter at hand.

      June 9, 2010 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Heinrich

    Bomben auf Israel!

    May 15, 2010 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
  8. Zank

    I being perplexed,for what reason is iran sanctioned? why?.iran is signatory to NPT and IEEA has never found any shred of evidence that it pursuing military purporse.

    May 15, 2010 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
  9. Zank

    I being perplexed,for what reason is iran sanctioned? why?.iran is signatory to NPT and IEEA has never found any shred of evidence that it pursuing military purporse.And every country has right to nuclear energy. Oh......what about izrael?do they recognize NPT?sanctioned?. Thus conclude that the so called international community and UNSC are TOOLS FOR SOME COUNTRIES TO FULFILL THEIR INTEREST AND BULL OTHERS.

    May 15, 2010 at 1:21 am | Report abuse |
  10. Chau Ho

    How much longer will the freedom world eager to watch the Iran Regime to humiliate them . Eough is enough, time for action.

    May 15, 2010 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
  11. Chris

    Even the strongest supporters of Iran will admit that if Iran get a nuclear capability that Israel will soon be a target of that capability. When it comes to Iran's feelings towards Israel, mutual aniliation which keeps the current nuclear wielding powers in check has no effect. Israel also knows this, and at the eleventh hour if the international community has failed to deter Iran from their current path, Israel will strike. There's little arguement that the Muslim outrage over this would trigger unwanted violennt repercussions in the region, but it will be more desirable than the alternative of Iran gaining nuclear capability. This is the reason the intternational community is putting such effort in convincing Iran to give up this ambition, not because we don't want a world with Iran having a nuke but because we don't want to deal withbthefall out of israelbtaking out Iran. The only truth is Iran will never be allowed to have a nuke, the only question is will the comply with the wishes of the international community or will the be humiliated by Israel.

    May 15, 2010 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
  12. Xugos

    God forbid, but the day Iran get's it's filthy hands on nukes is the day all out nuclear war will break out. Those of you crying out "Iran has a right to have nuclear weapons" you're, quite frankly, mistaken. The UN has explicitly outlined the fact that NO country has the right to produce them and only a few can hold them, and NO country can use them.

    The less countries have nukes, the safer the world is as a whole.

    WAKE UP.

    May 15, 2010 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
  13. freepalestine

    israeli day of brutality are numbered. Just like nazi's ended so shall zionism.

    May 15, 2010 at 2:13 am | Report abuse |
  14. Andrew

    Why so many comments about Israel? This article isn't about Israel. No country should become a nuclear power anymore. The Iranian president actually agrees with this (in his state controlled media reports anyways). If they have nothing to hide then the international community will be enriching their nuclear material and saving THEM cost.

    This is simply about the pride of Iran being offended...and looks a lot like the pre-invasion of Iraq. Saddam didnt have weapons...but wouldn't let the international community verify it. It would be sad if the next world war is over an issue as simple as pride...

    May 15, 2010 at 2:34 am | Report abuse |
  15. KROKO

    Are you all so blared of what is going on ???? If you corner a dog that is badly wounded it will turn around and bite even though it is at the brink of death..Push a nation to its limits, or no were to turn, and it will rattle and thrash about, damaging anything or even killing anything near it like its neighbors, or rivals, and enemies....
    And how stupid are we to have such things, mankind should have never had this power in the hands of 'MEN'....
    Want to rely see it come true, keep pushing them to their limits, if they are willing to die for the god,hope mankind survives and learn from such stupidity when all hell brakes lose.....

    May 15, 2010 at 2:42 am | Report abuse |
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