New concerns over Iran’s relationship with Bolivia
What risk does this pose for U.S.?
- Duration 4:12
- Date May 22, 2012
What risk does this pose for U.S.?
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Really -- started -- to you about today because it has to do with the Ron this is a very important week.
When it comes to our country dealing with the -- Ryan says today's strike a new deal.
Over its controversial nuclear program with the UN watchdog.
By the UN -- -- agency says it's going to be able to restart investigations into whether Iran is working to produce nuclear weapons.
-- the deal apparently reached just one day before Iran and six world powers including our own.
Meet in Baghdad to talk all about this.
There are new concerns -- that are emerging over Tehran's increasingly close ties to country south of our border as well a lot to cover today.
-- on Berman is vice president of the American foreign policy council -- start with the news of the day.
There seems to be censored a deal struck between IAEA.
That's UN watchdog group and Iran.
That we don't have any details and that things in writing so so what do we make it this news again to -- -- hours before this big meeting in Baghdad.
-- -- well the the Secretary General of the IAEA.
Travel to Tehran over the weekend to try to hammer out some sort of deal that would give the IAEA access.
To Iran's nuclear complex.
The agency has been trying for a long time to get at the full width and breadth of the Iranian -- the nuclear program.
They haven't really been able to do so because Iranians have really frustrated their efforts so this deal.
Is a deal that the UN is trumpeting as greater transparency on the part of the Iranian regime greater willingness to talk.
But the timing is really suspect because.
It's this and looks for all the world like the Iranians are trying to trumpet some progress in terms of cooperation with the UN.
In advance of the nuclear talks in a way to set the stage where they could argue that sanctions should be reduced that the international community really doesn't have anything to worry about.
You know we're gonna because -- a lot in this story over the next couple days about what these talks actually look like and that's why we really want to talk to -- -- -- -- -- you're concentrating on a different part of the story that we don't spend a lot of time talking about and that's -- -- -- -- -- -- South of our border in countries like.
Bolivia the country that we really didn't think about when it comes to -- -- some extensive research over the last year.
I tell us what some of the moves are rod is making an extension like -- -- it what's been interesting is that over the last couple of years in particular.
As diplomacy has put additional pressure on Iran as sanctions have really begun to -- The Iranians have begun to look externally for.
A supplemental of Hillary allies -- could help them both ideologically and also practically Latin America has emerged is a really big hop in that regard.
And when we talk about Iran in Latin America we tend to talk about.
The relationship between Iran and Venezuela right that's part of the story but remember that Hugo -- is bill.
There's a presidential election coming up in Venezuela.
In the fall.
And so the Iranians are looking at the same set of facts that we are and are thinking about how they can broaden their footprint in the region.
You know I'm as as -- as his said he he called this a -- this the access of annoyance I kind of playing on his axis of evil content that the United States has.
He said -- we're gonna create an axis of annoyance south of the United States these countries and Iran to be well.
You know annoying so.
But but why isn't Michael -- of all places you know why would Bolivia be a place where Iran would go -- try to strike at this relationship.
Well first off it's but -- much more than an axis of annoyance because.
Venezuela itself and also the -- -- is important for Iran.
In terms of trying to -- sanctions in terms of trying to get strategic resources for their nuclear program because Latin America's very uranium rich.
And it's also I think most troubling -- a place where there are signs that Iran is setting up a paramilitary presence a presence on the part of its clerical army the Revolutionary Guards.
And therefore the relations between Iran -- America isn't just you know -- opportunistic and and supplemental to what Iran is doing it's actually increasingly looking like Iran thinks about the Western Hemisphere as an operational theater including against us.
Fascinating a lot of hopes heavy back and a lot more talk about it comes to this -- were concentrating on what area.
For this week -- I keep Brian what's happening in south and Central America thank you very much prefer to have me back.
I don't think you.