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Iran's Growing Influence In Latin America
SPERO - SPERO News ^ | April 24, 2010 | Commentary, Analysis by Mark P. Sullivan

Posted on 04/27/2010 1:33:46 AM PDT by Cindy

SNIPPET: "President Chávez also announced during the visit that Venezuela is working on a preliminary plan for the construction of a “nuclear village” in Venezuela with Iranian assistance so that “the Venezuelan people can count in the future on this marvelous resource for peaceful purposes.” The transfer of Iranian nuclear technology from Iran would be a violation of U.N. Security Council Resolutions - 1737 (2006), 1747 ( 2007), and 1803 (2008) - that imposed restrictions on Iran’s nuclear technology transfers.

In late September 2009, comments by Venezuelan officials offered conflicting information about Iran’s support for Venezuela’s search for uranium deposits. Venezuelan Minister of Basic Industry and Mining Rodolfo Sanz said that Iran was assisting Venezuela in detecting uranium reserves in the west and southwest of Venezuela. "

SNIPPET: "Nevertheless, on the diplomatic front, Iran has opened embassies over the past several years in Bolivia, Ecuador, and Nicaragua, as well as in Colombia, Chile, and Uruguay. This is in addition to having existing embassies in Cuba, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, and Venezuela."

SNIPPET: "As noted above, President Ahmadinejad has visited Venezuela several times, and has also visited Bolivia, Brazil, Nicaragua, and Cuba. In early May 2009, a scheduled first trip by Ahmadinejad to Brazil was unexpectedly postponed until after Iran’s election in June. There had been some protests in Brazil against Ahmadinejad’s visit, but the trip ultimately took place in November 2009. Brazilian President Lula da Silva maintains that the West should not isolate Iran. On the same trip, the Iranian President once again visited Bolivia and Venezuela. "

SNIPPET: "In March 2009 congressional testimony, Admiral James G. Stavridis, then commander of the U.S. Southern Command (Southcom), also asserted that the main concern about Iran’s increased activity in Latin America is its links to Hezbollah. He maintained that there was Hezbollah activity throughout South America, particularly the tri-border area of Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay as well as parts of Brazil and the Caribbean Basin."

SNIPPET: "Mark P. Sullivan is a specialist in Latin American Affairs for the Congressional Research Service. It is a portion of a longer January 25, 2010 CRS report, Latin America: Terrorism Issues (PDF)

The views and opinions expressed herein are those of the author only, not of Spero News."

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1 posted on 04/27/2010 1:33:46 AM PDT by Cindy
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A Look at Iran

2 posted on 04/27/2010 1:34:10 AM PDT by Cindy
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Pretty scary stuff, the biggest reality check was when the Russians sent warships to Venezuela for their first Naval War games in the Western Hemisphere since the Cold War.

This is exactly why we need to reinforce our relationships with Free Trade agreements in places like Colombia. We also need to hope that our President doesn’t work against our interests by verbally supporting people like Zeyala in Honduras.

3 posted on 04/27/2010 1:49:28 AM PDT by ATX 1985 (Time is Breath, Breath is Light, Light is Life)
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Pretty scary stuff...

Yep, in real history...current events.

4 posted on 04/27/2010 1:50:44 AM PDT by Cindy
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Yeh, there is always going to be some crisis somewhere. Funny part is, we are probably in one of the most peaceful times in human history. Every generation always thinks that things are getting worse, but it is usually the opposite. As much as our debt is going to be a burden, the advances of technology will continue to increase our standard of living, including security.

5 posted on 04/27/2010 2:00:28 AM PDT by ATX 1985 (Time is Breath, Breath is Light, Light is Life)
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A very small sampler -- RECAP:

INVESTIGATIVE - For The Record - The IPT blog: "IRAN'S 'PLAUSIBLY DENIABLE' TERROR NETWORK" (April 21, 2010, 11:38 am) (Read More...)

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THE MEMRI ("Source: ILNA, Iran, April 16, 2010"): "IRANIAN OFFICIAL CALLS FOR EARLY EDUCATION FOR MARTYRDOM" (SNIPPET: "Iranian Welfare Minister Sadeq Mahsouli has called for educating very young children so that when they reach the age of 13 they will be willing to imitate Hossein Fahmideh and martyr themselves.") (Posted April 19, 2010) (Read More...) (AMERICAN FORCES PRESS SERVICE): Washington - "OFFICIAL DETAILS RESULTS OF MISSILE REVIEW" (SNIPPET: "Ballistic missiles are an increasing threat to the United States, and the Defense Department must keep up with them, the deputy undersecretary of defense for policy said today. James N. Miller, speaking about the department’s Nuclear Posture Review before the Senate Armed Services Committee, said several nations are developing nuclear, chemical or biological warheads for their missiles. The threat to the U.S. homeland is most acute from states such as North Korea and Iran, Miller said.") (April 20, 2010) (Read More...)
Link (Read More...) (AMERICAN FORCES PRESS SERVICE): Washington - "REPORT TO CONGRESS OUTLINES IRANIAN THREATS" by John J. Kruzel (SNIPPET: "Iran may be capable of striking the United States with an intercontinental ballistic missile by 2015, according to a Defense Department report submitted to Congress yesterday. The unclassified analysis outlines near-term and longer-term threats posed by Iran, including Iran’s nuclear ambitions and its desire to extend its influence in the Middle East.") (April 20, 2010) (Read More...)

6 posted on 04/27/2010 2:20:45 AM PDT by Cindy
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