Friday, April 30, 2010

U.S. Says Iran Threat Overblown

After Iran has made moves to develop closer ties with countries in Latin America, the Pentagon said this week that they're not threatened.

In a 12-page report, the Pentagon acknowledged an "increased presence" from Iran, especially in Venezuela, according to the AP.

Although they said Iran is playing a larger role in Latin America, Pentagon officials emphasized they weren't worried .

"It's a diplomatic, it's a commercial presence," said Air Force Gen. Douglas Fraser, in charge of the U.S. military in Latin America. "I haven't seen evidence of a military presence."

Earlier this week, we reported about Brazil's advice on the issue.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez caled the report a "disgrace," according to The Guardian .

Sources: AP, The Guardian

Photo: The Washington Note

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