Iran to US: Relation with Latin America based on mutual respect

Ramin MehmanparastIran blasted on Tuesday a US law aimed at “countering” Tehran’s alleged influence in Latin America, saying the move indicated Washington was “not familiar with new world relations.”

“It is an overt intervention in Latin American affairs… that shows they are not familiar with new world relations,” Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast told reporters.
The United States, he said, “still lives in the Cold War era and considers Latin America as its back yard”.

“We recommend that they respect the nations’ right in today’s world… world public opinion does not accept such an interventionist move.”

Mehmanparast said Tehran’s relation with all nations, in particular with Latin American countries, was “friendly” based on “mutual respect and interest”.

On Friday, Obama enacted the law which through a new diplomatic and political strategy to be designed by the State Department is aimed to “counter” Iran’s alleged influence in Latin America.

The Countering Iran in the Western Hemisphere Act, passed by lawmakers earlier in 2012, calls for the department to develop a strategy within 180 days to “address Iran’s growing hostile presence and activity” in the region.
The text also calls on the Department of Homeland Security to bolster surveillance at US borders with Canada and Mexico to “prevent operatives from Iran, the IRGC (Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps), its Quds Force, Hezbollah or any other terrorist organization from entering the United States”.

However, senior State Department and intelligence officials have indicated there is no apparent indication of illicit activities by Iran.

By Al-Manar


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