“No Iranian ‘super-embassy’ in Nicaragua, but US, Israel vigilant of Tehran’s Latin America ties”

“No Iranian ‘super-embassy’ in Nicaragua, but US, Israel vigilant of Tehran’s Latin America ties”
July 13-20, 2009
     Anne-Marie O’Connor and Mary Beth Sheridan report that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other US analysts have exaggerated Iran’s presence in Latin America. The report refutes Clinton’s previous claims that Iran was building a “huge embassy” in Nicaragua and states that deals signed by President Ahmadinejad for Iranian investments in large-scale projects across Latin America have not materialized, partly due to falling oil revenue and failure to ratify the deals in Iran’s parliament. The writers accuse US officials of engaging in “Cold War-style rhetoric” that overstates Tehran’s international reach (Washington Post).
     US officials acknowledged the report’s findings but expressed continued concern over Tehran’s ties with Latin American states (Agence France-Presse). Michael Rubin, who was cited in the report, argues that even without a large embassy, Tehran maintains a high diplomatic presence in Nicaragua based on the number of diplomatic personnel in the country (National Review). Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is visiting South American states to discuss Tehran’s alleged involvement in terrorist activities in the region and close ties with Venezuela and Bolivia (Haaretz, Associated Press).
Washington Post | Agence France-Presse | National Review | Haaretz | Associated Press

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