Iran’s Increasing Presence in South America

Tensions between the U.S. and Iran have been high lately as the two nations continue to negotiate on Iran’s nuclear program. An interesting portion of these negotiations comes from Iran’s activities in South America, especially Venezuela. We have discussed Argentina’s role in fighting against the Sandinistas in Nicaragua in the late 1970s and 1980s. It appears that Iran is taking a very similar route in Latin America to fight revolutionary forces there. According to an article by Fox News, the Iranian government has been “advising rogue regimes on suppressing anti-government protests and financing secretive military facilities.” This has led to a good deal of government sponsored violence against civilians in countries such as Venezuela. This puts the United States in a very peculiar position. Although the U.S. is against Iranian involvement in Latin America, too much push against this may lead to a break-down in nuclear negotiations. It will be very interesting to see how the Obama administration handles this very delicate situation.

Posted by Nick Davis.

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