Girish Gupta

HOME

PHOTOS

ONLINE

Twitter
Instagram
IFTTT
Facebook
LinkedIn
Keybase
GitHub

BY COUNTRY

Brazil
Colombia
Cuba
Ecuador
Egypt
Guyana
Iraq
Jordan
Lebanon
Mexico
United Kingdom
Venezuela

BY MEDIUM

Text
Photo
Radio
TV/Video

BY PUBLISHER

Al Jazeera
BBC
BuzzFeed
CBC
Christian Science Monitor
CNN
Daily Mail
Datum
Ecologist
Economist Intelligence Unit
Emerging Markets
Financial Times
Foreign Policy
France 24
Fusion
GlobalPost
Guardian
Independent
La Prensa (Panama)
LatinFinance
Mancunion
Monocle
National (Abu Dhabi)
New Internationalist
New Statesman
New York Times
New Yorker
NPR
PBS
PRI
Radio France Internationale
Reuters
RTE
Sky News
Sun
Sunday Times
Telegraph
TIME
Times of London
USA Today
Vice
WLRN

ABOUT

About
CV
Contact (PGP Key)
Iran's Ahmadinejad, Fidel Castro discuss war with Israel, US
Jan. 13, 2012 — Caracas, Venezuela

Published by GlobalPost

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has finished up his tour of Latin America, as tensions between his country and Washington are on the up.

The US imposed its toughest sanctions yet on Iran on New Year’s Eve before Iran sentenced a former US Marine to death for alleged spying as well as threatened to close the strategically important Strait of Hormuz, the choke point for a fifth of the world’s oil.

To add fuel to the already considerable fire, Ahmadinejad spent the week with some of Washington’s greatest adversaries across Latin America.

Kicking off in Venezuela on Sunday, he joked with President Hugo Chavez about having an atomic bomb. “That hill,” said Chavez, pointing at the grassy mound in front of his Miraflores palace, “will open up and a big atomic bomb will come out.” The pair laughed, as Chavez continued: “Ahmadinejad and I are going into the Miraflores basement now to set our sights on Washington and launch cannons and missiles.”

Read more: Ahmadinejad and Chavez, together again

Venezuela’s state oil company PDVSA was hit with sanctions last year in response to its ties with Iran. Venezuelan Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez was quick to respond: “We’ll sell oil to whoever we want to. We don’t need money from gringos… The imperialists can go to hell.”

In Cuba, Ahmadinejad met with former President Fidel Castro and his brother and incumbent Raul Castro. During their two hours together, one of the main themes of discussion was a hypothetical nuclear war with Iran pitted against US and Israel.

The Iranian leader also took in Nicaragua and Ecuador, where he finished up yesterday. Brazil was notably absent despite a visit during the previous government of Brazil’s then President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Read more: Why Brazil snubbed Iran's Ahmadinejad

Despite ample opportunity, there was little discussion of the important topics, least of all any direct responses to Washington’s sanctions. “The four countries are united with Iran primarily in their antipathy toward the United States,” wrote Jeff Franks of Reuters.

Read more: Iran's investment plans in Latin America

Filed from
Caracas, Venezuela






More...

Exclusive: At least 123 Venezuelan soldiers detained since protests - documents
Jul. 6, 2017


Venezuela hikes minimum wage 50 percent, effectively down 17 percent
Jul. 2, 2017


Venezuela movie actor behind helicopter attack on government buildings
Jun. 28, 2017


Fourteen Venezuelan army officers jailed in first week of protests - documents
Jun. 6, 2017


Exclusive: U.S. considers possible sanctions against Venezuela oil sector - officials
Jun. 4, 2017


Exclusive: Trump administration concerned about U.S. firms giving financial 'lifeline' to Venezuela
Jun. 4, 2017


United Airlines ends flights to Venezuela, further isolating country
Jun. 3, 2017


Venezuela sets new exchange mechanism, as currency continues to slide
May. 24, 2017


Exclusive: Venezuela holds 5,000 Russian surface-to-air MANPADS missiles
May. 22, 2017


Venezuelan opposition activists march to Leopoldo Lopez' jail
Apr. 28, 2017


Venezuela says inflation 274 percent last year, economists say far higher
Apr. 20, 2017


Venezuelan protests against government leave three dead
Apr. 19, 2017


Venezuelans return to streets, roused by ban on opposition leader
Apr. 8, 2017


Venezuelan opposition, security forces clash in anti-Maduro protests
Apr. 6, 2017


Venezuela security forces battle anti-Maduro protesters
Apr. 4, 2017








© Girish Gupta