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Brazil: Military attack on Iran will have dire consequences

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Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff delivers a speech to the Summit of South American and Arab Countries (ASPA), in Lima, on October 2, 2012.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has once again voiced opposition to any military attack on Iran’s nuclear energy facilities, warning it would have serious repercussions for the region.

“Such a move could have dire consequences for the region and beyond,” she said in an address to the Third Summit of South American and Arab Countries (ASPA) in the Peruvian capital of Lima.

She expressed concern for mounting pressure in favor of military intervention against Iran’s nuclear energy program, though she did not mention Israel by name.

The United States, Israel and some of their allies have accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program with Tel Aviv recently stepping up its threats against the Islamic Republic.

Iran rejects the allegations, arguing that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it is entitled to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

On September 28, Rousseff warned that any unilateral military action against Iran would violate the United Nations Charter.

“I am particularly concerned about the growing rhetoric in support of unilateral military action in Iran,” Rousseff said after a meeting with visiting British Prime Minister David Cameron.

“Any such initiative would represent a violation of the UN Charter, with serious consequences for the Middle East,” she added.

Despite Israel’s efforts to convince Washington of the necessity of military strike against Iran, the White House has in several occasions announced that there remains “time and space” for diplomacy concerning Tehran’s nuclear program.

US President Barack Obama said on September 23 that Israel’s call for drawing red line over Iran’s nuclear energy program is just “noise” he tries to ignore.

“When it comes to our national security decisions, any pressure that I feel is simply to do what’s right for the American people. And I am going to block out any noise that’s out there,” Obama said.

The Israeli regime is the sole possessor of nuclear weapons in the Middle East, and has invariably refused to either allow inspections of its nuclear facilities or join the NPT.


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