WASHINGTON — The United States is making a face-to-face argument to Brazil to support tough new UN sanctions against Iran, with separate visit over the coming days by US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and another top diplomat.
Brazil now holds a voting seat on the UN Security Council, and its support is important as the US argues that Iran should be penalized for refusing to come clean on its suspect nuclear program. Brazil has been cool to the prospect of hitting Iran with new sanctions.
Clinton and America's highest-ranking career diplomat, William Burns, will both see senior Brazilian officials in Brazil's capital to try to persuade the government to help impose fresh penalties on Iran. Burns will be in Brasilia on Friday, and Clinton will be there next week.
"Clearly, Brazil is an emerging power with growing influence in the region and around the world and we believe that with that influence comes responsibility and we will talk be talking to Brazil about the way forward with Iran," State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said Thursday.