"Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Venezuela's Hugo Chavez lavished each other with praise on Monday, mocked U.S. disapproval and joked about having an atomic bomb at their disposal."
6. Why should the U.S. care about who Iran would aid or who would aid Iran?Submitted by MikeChalberg on Mon, 2012-03-05 12:00
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Many of Iran’s alliances are reported to be anti-U.S., and as such, could thwart U.S. attempts to deter Iran’s nuclear proliferation efforts. Some sources suggest that North Korea “has been the principal supplier to the Iranian missile program.” There have been reports intimating that Iran sponsored terrorism against the United States and its allies. Some claim it is still happening today.
Venezuela specifically has “threatened to suspend crude oil exports to the United States if it attacks Iran, and has offered to supply Iran with F-16 fighter jets.” (Source: The Iran Primer). Chavez and Ahmadinejad have also made threats against the United States, including joking about an “atomic bomb.” Venezuela has assisted Iran in circumventing U.S. economic sanctions by providing uranium supplies, a key resource needed to build a nuclear weapon.
Adding to concern over a strong Iranian-Venezuelan alliance are reports of drug trafficking and weapons sales connections. Iran has reportedly invested in Venezuelan business, including banking, mining and oil, while Venezuela has provided import access points for drug traffickers. Some argue that these investments potentially enable Iran to fund terrorist organizations and also sell weapons to various Latin American terror groups.