MAIBORT PETIT / ANALITICA.COM
The efforts made by the government of Ahmadinejad in the development of a diplomatic agenda and investment, has given excellent results to the Islamic country, which has been inserted into the international economic system, expanding markets to sell their products, making more adept their political cause, strengthening business partnerships and meeting the enormous needs that the nuclear industry needs for its development.
The consequences that will bring to the Americas, a powerful Iran and supported, it seems not to care to many Western governments, who see the Islamic Republic a threat only to Israel.
The consolidation of a partnership between Iran, Venezuela, Cuba, Brazil, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Mexico and Argentina represents a latent threat to the hemisphere and have created fertile ground for the armed struggle in the region.
The issue of Iran’s presence in Latin America is the subject of discussion among committee members of the U.S. Congress, and concern in various circles of the United States who believe that has not been put in place a real policy to curb Iranian plans for geopolitical position in the hemisphere and strengthen its influence in the region.
Since last week, they began a series of efforts seeking a response from the Department of State. Based on a series of evidence, a group of representatives asked the federal government, more information about the alleged diplomatic progress made in Venezuela, in order to settle the conflict between Argentina and Iran, the terrorist events of 1992-1994.
The aim of the motions made from Caracas would achieve an improvement in relations between both countries and give rise to a new phase, which includes major investment in Argentine soil, by the Iranian Islamic Republic. The controversial allegations splashed the political world in Argentina and took more items for research in other countries, they begin to observe the rapid strengthening of Iran in Latin America, thanks to the efforts of several heads of state converts to the Islamic cause, among which are: Hugo Chavez (Venezuela), Fidel Castro (Cuba) and former president, Lula da Silva (Brazil).
The chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the U.S. Congress, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, along with Connie Mark and David Rivera sent a letter to Hilary Clinton, Secretary of State, where in 2007 said that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Hugo Chavez would have asked to “intercede” with then-President Nestor Kirchner “to change politics in Argentina and to allow Iran access to nuclear technology in Argentina.”
Republican lawmakers expressed concern about possible attempts to engage Iran on nuclear issues in Argentina, using Venezuela as a mediator, who asked complaint, is investigated.
This request, generated only a statement of the Assistant Secretary of State, Arturo Valenzuela, who rejects allegations of Ros Lehtinen and reiterated “that the firm does not believe there are links between Iran and Argentina in the nuclear, or evidence that Venezuela is serving as a mediator between the two countries to address the controversial issue. ”
The Obama administration official said: “There is no evidence to support the argument that Venezuela serves as an interlocutor between Iran and Argentina on nuclear issues, or that Argentina is giving Iran access to nuclear technology.”
The U.S. government said that Argentina “has always maintained a constructive position in the International Atomic Energy Agency on Iran’s nuclear program.”
However, warns that the State Department will “aware” of the steps that Iran in the Americas “watching closely those relationships.”
For his part, Clinton has said publicly that its expectations are that the countries of the hemisphere meet their international obligations and responsibilities, especially those related to the resolutions of the Security Council and UN sanctions against Iran.
David Rivera Strikes
When it seemed that the matter was calmed by the interweaving of letters, Congressman from Florida, David Rivera returned to ask for explanations on the subject to the State Department, “a direct and responsible” in response criticizing that “just got a comment Assistant Secretary of State for Latin American Affairs, Arturo Valenzuela, who called our demand unfounded and exaggerated. ”
Rivera said that “the State Department should conduct a real investigation into this matter or do not take responsibility,” and noted that Valenzuela yes “you can feel comfortable ignoring a request by members of Congress because it will soon be leaving his post, we hope a response from his successor, as well as Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton.
Uncovered elements that fuel the debate and arouse suspicion
Although Congress did not achieve the target of an investigation, was achieved stimulating debate on the subject. Sources close to the federal government, who asked to remain anonymous-told several newspapers that “the State Department had received information on the existence of economic projects and financial ties between Iran, Venezuela and Argentina.” It aired in the U.S. press that there are strange money transfers for amounts totaling about $ 300 million related to agricultural projects on paper would have been undertaken in Venezuela, in partnership with the governments of Iran and Argentina that were not completed . These transfers were supposed to be for pay negotiations from Iran to Argentina.
Iran and Argentina friends?
Since the 1980s, Iran and Argentina held a nuclear cooperation program that was canceled by the government of former president Carlos Menem, following the terrorist attacks that occurred in 1992 and 199, against Argentina Israeli Mutual Association (AMIA) and the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires, and which were been involved Iranian agents and members of Islamic terrorist group Hezbollah.
Since then opened an investigation which is filed in Argentine courts. Currently, such research is conducted by the Attorney Alberto Nisman who has publicly accused the current defense minister of Iran, Ahmad Vahidi, former President Ali Rafsanjaniy former Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Velayati and five other officers, if those responsible for such attacks terrorists.
Anniversary of AMIA
This week marked another anniversary of the bombing in Argentina Jewish Mutual Association (AMIA) in 1994, which killed 85 innocent people, so events were held in Argentina and its diplomatic missions. The government of President Cristina Fernandez took the opportunity to condemn all terrorist actions of this nature and to reiterate its commitment to the Jewish community of that country.
Justice Argentina, meanwhile, called for greater cooperation on Iran giving the accused for trial.
In response the government of Iran said he was ready to start “a constructive dialogue and to cooperate with the Argentine government for all the light is made under the law and mutual respect to help prevent the criminal investigation continues on a path wrong, “according to a statement from the Iranian government.
The proposal for such cooperation was welcomed by Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman calling it “welcomes the offer of Iran,” saying that, if carried out, “would certainly be a new and very positive development for the law and justice are the only way to combat terrorism. ”
Is Argentina and Iran in direct proximity from 2010?
As mentioned above, following the terrorist events that occurred in Buenos Aires in 1992 and 1994, Argentina withdrew from Iran politically and diplomatically. However, some events are known for observing that since 2010 we opened the window for the restoration of relations between the two countries.
In the Mercosur meeting held in August 2010, President Cristina Fernandez together with the then Brazilian President Luiz Ignacio Lula Da Silva, gave the first signs of wanting to soften Argentina’s position on Iran.
At the time, Fernandez applauded the efforts to resolve the dispute, and expressed confidence in the statements of Tehran to promote dialogue between the two nations.
In the following months, the diplomats involved undertook a first tasks, among which are found the appointment of Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hector Timerman to advance talks with the Iranian regime, he claims an article published by Shlomo Papirblat in Buenos Aires.
It also issued a report signed by Pepe Eliaschev, an investigative journalist, who claims that “the government of Fernandez enlisted to freeze terrorist investigations into the events attributed to Iran in 1992 and 1994, and be renewed as a benefit and improve relations and trade between the two countries, implementing an investment plan $ 1.2 million. ”
The offer was made by Syrian President Bashar Assad and Foreign Minister Walid Moallem. The three officials met in Syria on January 23, 2011, under the auspices of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
This meeting was confirmed by an official’s office signed by Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi, sent to Tehran, “after they held talks with his Argentine counterpart Timermann in meeting in Syria, 23 and 24 January 2011 “.
On the other hand, in a report signed by Ramy Wurgaft, published in the Official World of Spain, March 26, 2011, ensures that “Motivated to research on attacks against the Embassy of Israel and the Jewish Mutual Association Argentina (AMIA) does not lead anywhere, the Fernandez government plans to rethink relations with Iran. “
Wurgaft goes further and says that a document circulating in several diplomatic missions in Argentina, according to which, “La Casa Rosada would be willing to suspend de facto inquiries about certain figures of the Iranian regime, who were involved in the attacks terrorists and reiterates the argument that the “neglect of the judicial inquiry” would flow to Argentina an important investment, supported by buoyant oil industry of Iran. ”
The aim of the negotiations agreed at the meeting, that Argentina would give up to bring to justice Ahmad Vahidi, supposedly one of the main organizers of the attacks. This point in particular, appears in a report by the Chancellor where this ensures that Salehi had already agreed not to prosecute the masterminds of the attack and that research would be used as “front to keep up appearances in front of the Jewish community.” On the other hand, there have been some statements in Buenos Aires who denounced the rapprochement between Iran and the Fernandez administration.
Argentine Federal Judge Daniel Rafecas in an interview said he was “convinced that from the Iranian embassy in Argentina is financed with a lot of money to many groups and accused the government and social leader Luis D’Elia Kirchner to be aware of them and support them. “said Refecas have been identified at least a dozen people who receive money for” insulting the State of Israel and solidarity with Palestine, “without even know where is Israel or Palestine.”
The judge gave more details, noting that the aforementioned leader, held a personal meeting with PresidentMahmoud Ahmadinejad in Iran denounced as or in his office, one of the survivors of the Plaza de Mayo, Sara Rus.
The controversial statements made in Rafecas the Sociedad Hebraica Argentina and were published by the Jewish News Agency in early 2011, according to the portal Iton Gadol .
The Buenos Aires press has also published some pictures where it appears the leader Luis D’Elias with Iranian Ambassador Ali Pakdaman on government actions. The reviews also involve other government officials as Carlos Fernandez and Gabriel Mariotto Taken.
Two sides of the Fernandez government
Parallel to reports of rapprochement between the two governments, Cristina Fernandez has maintained a schedule of regular meetings with Israel and Jewish organizations in the country. The same Timerman has met with Jewish leaders promising to fight for the pursuit of justice in the AMIA case, calling on the people to keep alive the pressure on justice.
Fernandez, Chavez, the U.S. and Iran
Since coming to power of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez took a fellowship with the government of Argentina, first under the command of Nestor Kirchner and Cristina Fernandez.
In addition to the various agreements were signed between the two nations, have shown Kirchner admiration for Chavez and his socialist political project at the time I have supported in international fora and media have served on several initiatives.
The closeness is such that Hugo Chavez has been key players from the Argentine soil of various anti-political events. These events have not yet attended directly Fernandez, who parallels the extreme friendship and closeness you have with the regime in Caracas since 2007, has launched harsh accusations against the U.S. government, despite having expressed sympathy President Obama’s arrival.
Argentina has always been a permanent ally of the United States and has collaborated with the U.S. proposals in various international forums. But the historical good relations, there have been events that have strained diplomacy between Argentina and the U.S., the latest occurred on February 10, 2011, when an Air Force aircraft of the United States landed at Ezeiza loaded with weapons and military elements were to be used by personnel from that country in exercises with federal police, as part of an agreement between the two governments.
However, the load being inspected by Customs alleged inconsistencies were detected between the material that he had informed the U.S. Embassy and what actually came. So began an operation led by the chancellorHector Timerman, which was opened for the loading force. Customs seized transmission equipment, drugs and weapon parts. Obama considered this event as a “serious incident”, although not a decisive factor which gender a major diplomatic conflict.
However, U.S. distance Fernandez scored when Obama did not include Argentina in his Latin American tour.The Argentine head of state accused the U.S. government defaulting on expectations … “There is a sense of missed opportunity, but no one expected a prince on a white horse.”
The hand that rocks the cradle
Moved to the proximity of Hugo Chavez Cristina Fernandez, experts believe that within the framework of advice and collaboration between Argentina and Venezuela could have included a plan of approach to one of the main partners of Venezuelan President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Chavez has served as conductor loop between the Iranian president and other heads of state in the region, as Evo Morales, Daniel Ortega and Rafael Correa and others.
The accomplishments through diplomacy Chavez has for Ahmadinejad are evident and can be measured in the number of agreements and memoranda have been signed between the Venezuelan president’s Latin American partners and Iran.
The huge flow of economic resources available to Iran is that the proposals are extremely attractive investment for poor countries in the hemisphere, seeking money to offset their bulging fiscal deficits.
Also, the scourge of corruption that is present in all leading political elites, makes it feasible to display sympathy resources from a country, whose causes and enemies have historically been outside the American idiosyncrasy, however, changes that have been generated from the point of view and political ideology in Latin America include new faces, new partners and developing a socialist political project that has managed to conquer the impoverished masses that look disappointed democratic capitalist model.
Iran supports and seduces governments purchase
Iran decided to conquer America, as did some European countries that welcomed him to their investments, many governments that mattered to them the risks that come with membership in a country that supports terrorism and exports.
The route of the investments made by Iran in the last decade is certainly not a headache unique to Israel. The Iranian new money has to give up more than one president, and has generated a parallel agenda and secret diplomacy have in check more than one country in Europe.
Many governments accepted secret societies with Iran, and timidly try to go unnoticed in order to please God and the Devil. On one side are enriched and get funding for projects and on the other, trying to look good in international or geopolitical conflict between Iran and Israel, and obviously with the United States.
Although it is still awaiting the results of investigations. Republicans in the United States say they will not let this matter on file and will insist on being the magnifying glass punga Iran’s presence on the continent.
Roger Noriega is one of the voices that ensures not keep silence, and announced that it will continue its inquiries about the Iran-led activities and terrorist groups in Latin America and the U.S. borders.
As Iran moves and their businesses grow, many governments in the region pursue investments, open their doors to Islamic causes and allow people to engage in a fight that was far above.
The agenda on the contentious issue remains open in the Foreign Affairs Committee of Congress, let’s see who has the next word.