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Tel interview: Iran looks for support in Latin America

01-11-2012 15:39 BJT

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For more on this, we are joined from Tehran by Nader Mokhtari, a columnist commentator.

Q1: President Ahmadinejad's visit comes as Tehran is trying to counter new sactions from the West against its nuclear program. Some say that he is turning to allies in Latin America for diplomatic support. Do you believe Iran wants to cultivate friends In Washington's backyard? And is this another move by Iran to confront the US?

Q2: Tensions have been high since the US imposed new sanctions on Iran's central bank and the EU said it would place an embargo on Iran's oil exports. Iran has threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz - a key oil shipping route. US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned on Sunday that such a move would cross a "red line" and the US would take action and reopen the strait. Adding to the tension, court in Tehran on Monday sentenced to death an Iranian-American man accused of being a CIA spy. Are relations between the two countries likely to deteriorate further?



Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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