Brazil and Turkey’s Nuclear Deal with Iran

Vahid Salemi/AP -- Signing of Brazil-Turkey-Iran Nuclear Agreement

Vahid Salemi/AP--Signing of Brazil-Turkey-Iran Nuclear Agreement

May 26, 2010

For a harshly critical view of Lula and Brazil’s actions vis-à-vis Iran, see Thomas L. Friedman, “As Ugly as It Gets,” The New York Times (op-ed), May 25, 2010 (May 26, 2010 print edition)

Compare Friedman’s views with those of his fellow op-ed columnist, Roger Cohen, cited below (May 20, 2010).   Cohen has spent a lot of time reporting from Iran, up to and including the period of protests in the summer of 2009 following the June 12 first-round presidential elections.

See also “Obama havia dito a Lula que acordo com Irã criaria confiança,” Véja, 21 de maio de 2010

For an interesting look at the degree of Brazil’s growing relationship with Iran, see Claudio Dantas Sequeira, “O acordo secreto do Brasil com o Irã,” ISTOÈ, 1 de julio de 2009, atualizado em 15 novembro 2009.

Original Post
May 25, 2010

The deal on May 17 between Brazil, Turkey and Iran, Iran’s subsequent announcement that it would continue its reprocessing activities, and the announcement shortly thereafter that the Permanent Members of the U.N. Security Council had reached agreement on additional sanctions to be imposed against Iran, have led to a number of news articles and commentaries. These include:

“Iran, Brazil, Turkey sign nuclear declaration,” PressTV (Tehran), May 17, 2010

Roger Cohen, “America Moves the Goalposts” (op-ed), The New York Times, May 20, 2010

Alexei Barrionuevo, “Iran Deal Seen as Spot on Brazilian Leader’s Legacy,” New York Tiimes (print edition), May 25, 2010

The Trenchant Observer

Comments are invited.

On Brazil, Iran, and the nuclear issue, see also the following articles previously published by The Oberver:

José Goldemberg da USP Publica Crítica Detalhada à Postura do Brasil em Relação a Irã e a Não Proliferação de Armas Nucleares
April 2, 2010

Viagem de Clinton, Irã (Irão) e Armas Nucleares no Brasil
6 de Março de 2010

Clinton’s Visit, Iran, and Nuclear Weapons in Brazil
March 5th, 2010

More News and Commentary on Clinton Trip (II)– Más/Mais Notícias sobre Viaje / Viagem de Clinton
March 5th, 2010

News Reports on Clinton Trip / Notícias sobre Viaje/Viagem de Clinton
March 3rd, 2010

Onde está a América do Sul? O terramoto, Clinton, e o continente esquecido
3 de Março de 2010

¿Por dónde está la América del Sur? El terremoto, Clinton y el continente olvidado
2 de marzo de 2010

Where is South America? The Earthquake, Clinton, and the Forgotten Continent
February 27th, 2010