Iran could radicalize with UN sanctions - Brazil
Reuters / Fernando Exman

United Nations sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program could make the Islamic Republic more radical and cause its population to revolt, Brazil's foreign minister said on Tuesday.

Brazil has urged continued dialogue with Iran even as Western powers push for a new round of sanctions in the U.N. Security Council over a program they believe is aimed at developing nuclear bombs.

"A regime like Iran's, with sanctions, will tend to radicalize, dig in its heels, joining opposition and government in a position of intransigence," Foreign Minister Celso Amorim told Brazil's Senate foreign relations committee.

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