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Sun Dec 30, 2012 7:25AM
The United States House of Representatives (file photo)

The United States House of Representatives (file photo)

An Iranian lawmaker says the United States does not favor an independent Latin America, stressing that Iran will spare no effort for the independence of the revolutionary people in that region. Ahmad Reza Dastgheyb, a member of the Majlis Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy, said on Saturday that the United States “used to adopt every measure to achieve its own interests” in Latin America. The Iranian lawmaker censured Washington’s stance on Latin America and said today, people in that region will no longer let the United States continue with its ambitious policies there. Iran is a source of inspiration to Latin American people in view of the “freedom-seeking, revolutionary and anti-imperialistic thoughts” it provides Latin America with, Dastgheyb stated. “This is unbearable to the United States.” On Friday, US President Barack Obama enacted a law to counter Iran’s growing relations with the Latin American countries. The so-called Countering Iran in Western Hemisphere Act, passed by lawmakers earlier this year, requires the US Department of State to develop a strategy within 180 days to “address Iran’s growing hostile presence and activity” in Latin America. The Islamic Republic has been seeking to expand relations with Latin American countries over the past few years, describing the endeavor as one of its major foreign policy strategies. Major Latin American nations have also enhanced their diplomatic and trade ties with Iran in recent years, while their relations with the United States have been downgraded amid popular demands for an end to dependence on Washington. The Iranian lawmaker also stated that the Islamic Republic provides the Latin American countries with its latest scientific and technological achievements. Iran’s rising popularity in Latin America has raised major concerns in Washington, which regards the region as its strategic backyard and traditional sphere of influence. SF/HSN/MA
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