Brazil and US do not see eye to eye on Iran sanctions.

It seems that the US is meeting resistance in Brazil to its attempt to sell them on heavier sanctions on Iran. For some reason the European union countries are going along with the US. Russia may be convinced if it can get some quid pro quo but China is unlikely to go along or so it seems at this stage.

Brazil, U.S. Clash Over Iran Sanctions

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shakes hands with Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva after a meeting in Brasilia on Wednesday.
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Brazil rebuffed a U.S. appeal for new sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program, vowing during a visit from U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton not to "bow down" to gathering international pressure.

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva pre-empted Clinton even before she could make the case for new United Nations Security Council penalties. Silva is an outspoken opponent of sanctions, and his country currently sits on the Security Council, which will be asked to approve its toughest-ever penalties on Iran later this year.

"It is not prudent to push Iran against a wall," Silva told reporters hours before meeting with Clinton. "The prudent thing is to establish negotiations."


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