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. Mary

    Rick:
    A regime change in ISrael, there where the problems obviously stems from. Or do you agree to racism?

    Mohammad: No sanctions on israel is because the fact that US leaders are pro-israel no matter what. I agree with you completly.

    May 15, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. carlos

    it is obviously that Arab propaganda has worked wonders! Israel is racist and with apartheid and massacres 1400 people. Fantastic! are you blind?? Hamas hides behind their own children and women and elderly so civilians can get the bullets! it is like a son that kills his parents and asks for mercy for a poor orphan!! Do you know that Islam has a plan to conquer the universe for their religion?? not the jews! The muslims. They want to invade our societies by immigration by having huge amount of children, by converting convicts in prisions etc etc, to change our traditions to impose their religion! who is a nazi then??? Do you know it is forbidden to built churches and synagogues in Saudi Arabia and other muslim countries?? Who is a racist??
    Israel has a right to exist and will continue to exist. Even if it requires a huge war.
    All these world happenings are due to arab frustration for still leaving in stone age! their religion is impeditive of progress.
    Besides, let us not forget that there is a substancial opposition to the regime in Iran that has been brutally smashed. For those who attack Israel better see what's going on in the wonderful world of Iran.

    May 15, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Tom

    "Do you know that Islam has a plan to conquer the universe for their religion?? "

    Cut that crap, do you belive such stuff you better see a doctor.

    Israel are the threat to world peace opposing any attempt to settle with peace, also if you defend israel you defend racism and if you defend that you prolly defend Hitler.
    Also look up etiophian jews, they arent welcomed just because they are black in israel.

    May 15, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Steve

    The sanctions will hurt major US engineering and banking firms and eventually lead to further economic decline for US, Iran and the rest of the world.
    Iran has more political power than US right now. US has to learn to live with it.

    May 15, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. carlos

    Mohammad: America is occupying illegally Indian land. You are probably occupying illegally american land. Throughout History occupation has drawn countries that exist today. Israel was occupyied illegally by arabs, romans, otomans, british. Now is back to the israelis. It took a few thousand years, but it is back to its owners.
    What's your problem?? maybe you should concentrate in pledging for the return of america to the Indians. I would crack laughing...

    May 15, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Steve

    SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO FIGHT A WAR!!!

    WHEN ISRAEL IS TELLING YOU THAT YOU CAN'T HAVE NUCLEAR WEAPONS... THEY ARE BASICALLY SAYING YOU ARE OUR ENEMIES... IF YOU LISTEN TO ISRAEL, YOU MIGHT AS WELL BOW DOWN AND KISS THEIR FEET WHILE YOU'RE AT IT.. IT'S TIME IRAN LAUNCHES A WAR AGAINST ISRAEL.. SEND THESE PEOPLE TO AFRICA.. THEY CAME TO THE WRONG PLACE LOOKING FOR A HOME..

    May 15, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Pardal

    Can anyone in this forum tell me when the Republic of Iran attacked another nation???
    Thanks in advance

    May 15, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. carlos

    Tom I did not say that. The muslims are saying that. Either you are ignorant or poorly read. That has been mentionned by Kadafi recently in relation to France, has been mentionned by al-queida to quote some. Me seeing a doctor does not change the fact that you are poorly informed.

    May 15, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. carlos

    Tom, how can a country with 5 million people be a threat to world peace? on your mind only! How can a fundamentalist muslim phylosophy be a threat to world peace? 9/11, the attack on the train in Madrid, the attack on the subway in England, the attacks against american airlines, the time square attemps of killig civilians.
    Tom are you normal or just forgot your medication???
    Who the heck is a threat to wordl peace???

    May 15, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tom

    Carlos: Which muslims? Kadaffi is pro-us why would he state such a clashing sentence. So give me a link you brainwashed sheep.

    May 15, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Tom

    Carlos: A country that constantly recjects international laws, that lies about their nuclear weapons program, a nation that has an apartheid politics are a threat to world peace.

    May 15, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Falik

    there has to be WAR to resolve this issue...
    the war shall be between white man and brown man..
    both sides will eventually learn that they will have to leave the other alone if they want to achieve their objectives... not the opposite..
    WAR IS THE SOLUTION TO THE WORLD'S PROBLEMS!!!
    sometimes you have to learn things the hard way...
    sometimes you have to stand your ground..
    sometimes you have to sacrifice your life to ensure survival of others...

    this is a war between OLD SCHOOL and NEW SCHOOL...
    old school have to fight to protect their ppl, land, culture, and religion..
    new school have to fight for freedom and law..

    When FUTURISTIC REPTILE meets PREHISTORIC APE... no amount of talking or dialogue can settle the disputes ... there's just fighting and cold-blooded war... nice people becoming demons!!!... yes there will be crying... there will be dying... it must continue for 8-16 years.. until we have learned to like each other and live with one another..

    May 15, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Tom

    Carlos: Also there are 77 millions in israel, lol not 5. hahaha

    May 15, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Tom

    Thats 7,7 of course

    May 15, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. TRAVIS

    Its not Isreal's of the United States falt. ITs not the president's falt

    IRAN SHOULD QUIT

    IRAN WANT'S TO KNOCK ISREAL OFF THE CENTER OF THE EARTH

    PROTECT HUMAN RIGHTS
    SAVE LIVES
    IRAN NEEDS TO QUIT

    May 15, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
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