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. Anderson Clayton

    Obama’s foreign police team must be TREMBLING! If Brazil’s diplomatic trust works with Iran (and there is a good chance IT WILL), it is going to attest OUR COMPLETE LACK OF COMPETENCE and GOOD WILL toward Iran and will actually show the world that WE are not interested in peace BUT conflict and OIL!

    May 15, 2010 at 6:49 am | Report abuse |
  2. Andres

    In the end of the day what we all should be looking for is peace. Iran has a president that has proven not to be of a peaceful nature. Tests with rockets have already been made public coming from Iran. Can the world afford to have an aggresive "President" start playing around with nuclear power? Do any of you that write in this comment section agree with how Iran dealt with their own people over their last election? We are all brothers in the same world. Muslims, Jews, American, Europeans, and Iranians. Let's start acting like so. Let's make peace our main inspiration, not power or prejudice our goal.

    May 15, 2010 at 6:49 am | Report abuse |
  3. luiz freire

    Send a fool to the a fool's job. Lula is clown.

    May 15, 2010 at 6:52 am | Report abuse |
  4. Marcus in Dallas

    Maybe we should just have all out nuclear war. Mother Nature will definitely take a punch or two, but you know what?? Those stupid talking monkeys and their freak show mutated abominations are gone!!!! YAY!!! Let's just stick with the fish this time....give any critter appendages and they F up the environment! So,, what does this have to do with anything?? It had about the same effect on you understanding this article as SANCTIONS WILL HAVE ON IRAN! Really??? Sanctions?? are you SERIOUSLY that stupid to think that sanctions of ANY kind will stop Iran?? THEY ALREADY HAVE WHAT

    May 15, 2010 at 6:55 am | Report abuse |
  5. the protecter of IRAN and its Pars tribe

    The world was divided between two major powers namely the bloc of communist and the liberal capitalism! while both ideologies was new for the man and the purposes it wanted to serve for the world until a new ideology emerge that was established during the Islamic revolution of Iran that was based on theology and wished to create the umma the Islamic unity in purpose to challenge both of this ideology, and when the fighting spirit of communist ideology was broken whit the fall of USSR and there is no other ideology that can challenge the financial USA and its ideology in our mortal world except of the paradigm of Islam that is emerging as a new bloc against liberal capitalism.
    further it should be said whit the greatest importance that the invasion of Islamic nations has made it much easier for the Pars soldiers and the protector of Islam namely the IRGC to unite the Islamic world.
    And whit the technological brake true that our Iran has received in al different fields our great ancient tribe can change its defensive tactics that has been hard and painful during the last 31 year into offensive tactics that will become more painful and much harder, and whit the help of god almighty the radical movement of our nation shall receive its triumph that will help al the suppressed Islamic nations from the claw of uncle Sam and its Alliance whit the worldwide Angola Saxon Tribe I am talking about the same UK that plunder our great Nation Iran on its wealth during the early 20 century where only slaves are treated in this kind of matter.
    The conclusion is as quote many has tried to give the right definition of justice during the centuries but I can only find justice in terms of an fist for an a fist.

    May 15, 2010 at 7:05 am | Report abuse |
  6. Brendan

    Will somebody please explain why there are no sanctions against Israel? This Country already has Nuclear Weapons, It is an apartheid regime which has committed numerous atrocities, including alleged war crimes, continues to defy the UN by illegally occupying Palestinian Land etc. Where is the snse of balance? Peace in the Middle East requires fairness towards the Palestinian and Iranian people and not just support for the Israeli people.

    May 15, 2010 at 7:06 am | Report abuse |
  7. Insan Mukmin

    US and Israel will never agree tp the Brazilian plan. The truth is that US and Israel does not want Iran to have the nuclear know how. Nuclear know how can always be transformed into military use meaning the US and Israel would never be able to attack or invade Iran like they did in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Libya, Panama etc.

    May 15, 2010 at 7:12 am | Report abuse |
  8. Anderson Clayton

    BRENDAN, Jews are INFILTRATED in American politics and define what the unites states will and won’t do. We Americans are enslaved people and are been transformed into the JOKE OF THIS PLANED. We and the UN lost credibility and if the Brazilian president succeeds it will be a SERIOUS BLOW to our competence as diplomats. WE ARE BECOMING A GLOBAL JOKE!

    May 15, 2010 at 7:19 am | Report abuse |
  9. Anderson Clayton

    Insan Mukmin


    May 15, 2010 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
  10. terry

    We just mind as well that their is going to be another world war. Its envitable. Countries like Iran wont be satisfied until they are invaded

    May 15, 2010 at 7:31 am | Report abuse |
  11. AB

    The proof of Irans military intent , is its level or enrichment. for peaceful purposes and military purposes the level or enrichment are different . The higher the level of enrichment the more it becomes excessive , and therefore clearly for military purposes.

    It is our business , if Iran chooses to end all its parliament meetings with death to

    Honestly people, if someone continued to say they wanted you dead , wouldnt you be concerned?

    May 15, 2010 at 7:40 am | Report abuse |
  12. Douglas Miranda

    I guess it´s time for other countries to show America can´t rule the world! People say Israel is thhe bad guy but, how about the US? No country should have nuke bombs! Not even the United States of America.
    Brazil is a peaceful country and Brazilians believe we can live with differences. It doesn´t matter if someone is black, white, Jew, Muslim or Christian. We can live in peace!
    Of course terrorism is a ridiculous way to male your idea go on but, attacking Iraq as Bush dicided to wasn´t terrorism? He made the world believe he was right and he´s a liar! There are people living in that country and many we dead because of the American way to "save" the world? Come on....

    May 15, 2010 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
  13. RossC

    Hopefully the Iranians will take the opportunity to save face provided by the Brazilians. They can claim that they're not bowing to Western pressure and settle while adding some non substantive conditions. The Israelis shouldn't get a free pass either, they'll have to negotiate away their Jericho ballistic missiles and nuclear war heads.

    May 15, 2010 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
  14. Neil

    This discussion is supposed to be about Iran and not Israel. However, I will add that Judaism began over 2,000 years before Islam and the Jews were in the land of Israel for over 2,000 years before the Muslims. So how on earth are the Jews "occupying" Muslim land? More importantly, Iran is threatening to attack Israel. Even if Israel has weapons, they would only be used in defensive purposes because Iran is a present day Nazi Germany.

    May 15, 2010 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
  15. Gabriel

    LULA was born in a Brazilian very poor region, he knows what suffering, hunger are. On his journey to become a statesman and a President of his long-suffering country, often treated by others "3rd world" ignorants, is now proving that the humblest are the ones who are "chosen" to bring peace to the world. Not weapons, peace by force is not peace. it will yield more hatred. GO LULA! do what you know how to do! and I know it will be your best. May Iran take heed to your words and peace be restored to our Planet.

    May 15, 2010 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
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