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According to the Ministry of International Relations in Brazil, the newly aproved sanctions against Iran don't prevent the exporting of ethanol to the persian country.
"We will export to wherever we want to, since it is our priority to open new markets for our ethanol production.", said a source from the government. "The new UN sanctions do not prohibit selling ethanol, so I don't see any problems with doing it. Brazil is not imposing on itself any voluntary sanctions.", the source afirms.
On the other hand, the same official source declares that the decision to export ethanol lies on the hands of the private sector, which decides to whom they want to sell and should be the ones measuring the risks to suffer retaliations from the US.
Brazilian ethanol producers, though, have no intentions of exporting ethanol to Iran. Adhemar Altieri, director of communications from UNICA, the entity that represents the Ethanol Industries in Brazil, said that there are no projects, either on short term or long term, to sell ethanol to Iran. "We have never sent one drop of ethanol to Iran.", he said. "We aim to export to bigger markets."
Last wednesday, june 9th, US said that it wouldn't be a good idea if Brazil sold ethanol to Iran. "That would be risky, since the UN aproved sanctions recognise a direct link between the energy sector in Iran and the nuclear proliferation activities", said a high ranking officer from the White House.
Originally posted by henriquefd
The above is a translation I have made from the source, which is in portuguese and goes to show what I have said in other threads. Brazil´s president, Lula, has a history of opposing against the US. Not that it angers me that he does so, but sometimes, like this, it´s ridiculous.
Originally posted by belial259
Look buddy. No one cares about "angering the US" because the majority are not very smart and make statements like this.
We live in a world of global capitalism and free trade. If they want to sell ethanol, and Iran wants to buy it. What's the problem?
The USA is just as bound and obligated by this system as everyone else. And just because someone in any of the 190 odd countries and 6.3 billion people that don't live in the US does something you don't approve of doesn't mean they're "opposing the US"
Unless you freely admit you're actually trying to impose your will on other countries and not actually representing any sort of freedom or free trade at all. Which is well known outside the USA.
What do you propose? War against Brazil for selling dangerous weapons like alternative fuel sources?
[edit on 16-6-2010 by belial259]
Originally posted by henriquefd
There is no point in having sanctions if you say "Hey, there is Free Trade so everyone can sell anything to anyone." That is not how it works and today the US has asked Brazil and Turkey, one more time, to follow the sanctions imposed by the UN.
especially because the US could retaliate, making it impossible to sell our ethanol in competitive prices in US soil.