BRICs want UN to condemn unilateral Iran sanctions: Brazil

A resolution on that theme, if approved by the U.N. General Assembly, could contribute to erode the legitimacy of additional sanctions imposed by the United States and other Western powers against Iran.

BRICs want UN to condemn unilateral Iran sanctions: Brazil

The BRIC nations want the United Nations to rebuke countries that resort to unilateral sanctions not approved by the U.N. Security Council, Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim said on Tuesday.

A resolution on that theme, if approved by the U.N. General Assembly, could contribute to erode the legitimacy of additional sanctions imposed by the United States and other Western powers against Iran.

Amorim said the BRIC group, which includes Brazil, Russia, India and China, discussed the proposed resolution during a meeting of foreign ministers on Tuesday in New York.

"We're beginning to have some political coordination on General Assembly resolutions," the minister, who is in New York to open the U.N. General assembly on Thursday, told Reuters in an interview.

"In some cases we're even against multilateral sanctions, so for sure unilateral sanctions aren't welcome because they're outside the U.N. system," he added.

Turkey and Brazil voted against the resolution at the United Nations Security Council, the first time a sanctions vote on Iran has failed to pass unanimously.

The new extension came although Turkey and Brazil successfully brokered a deal with Iran on nuclear talks.

In addition, the U.S. Congress passed on July 1 additional unilateral sanctions aimed at squeezing Iran's energy and banking sectors.

Amorim said, however, that relations between Brazil and the United States remain very good despite that. He said both countries have the same objective, which is to prevent Iran's access to nuclear weapons, but disagree on strategy.

"Government relations remain very good, but in some issues we're going to disagree," he said.


Agencies

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