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Cablegate: Media Reaction: Iran

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SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION: IRAN

"Adventures in Teheran"

Editorial in liberal Folha de S. Paulo (2-14) states: ".....at the
same time it is reasonable to doubt the efficiency of sanctions
supported by the U.S., it is important to end [Brazil's] role as a
defense lawyer of the authoritarian Iranian government.....In the
scenario that is crystallizing, it would be prudent to suspend
President Lula's trip to Iran, scheduled for May....It doesn't make
sense for Brazil to rush into a comprehensive arrangement with a
government that executes dissidents....And as if political
circumstances weren't enough, the confrontation regarding the
Islamic Republic's development of nuclear technology has been
aggravating......Brazil's foreign policy, traditionally known for
discretion, equidistance and firm steps, has been marked by erratic
behavior and mischievous decisions, especially during President
Lula's second term...."
Popp

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