Following the post about the Brazilian president’s mediation comes news of an achievement. Setting aside the issue of civilian and military use of nuclear technologies, a development likely to reduce tension is welcome.
Mr Lula has been leading a 300-strong business delegation to Tehran and trying to mediate between Iran and the big powers to reach an agreement that avoids sanctions.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has called on “independent” countries to assert their roles in global affairs and help to change the UN so it does not favour powerful states.
Today Iran has agreed to ship most of its enriched uranium to Turkey in a nuclear fuel swap deal that could ease the international standoff over the country’s disputed nuclear program.
This is the first attempt by Brazil and Turkey to mediate in the dispute over Iran’s nuclear activities. There was no immediate comment from the United States and the other world powers.