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Iranian President denounces capitalism in Cuba

01-12-2012 18:42 BJT

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has visited Cuba on the third leg of his Latin America trip, which is aimed at shoring up support amid heightened international tensions. Remaining defiant, Ahmadinejad denounced capitalism during a speech at the University of Havana, calling the system "in decline and at a dead-end street".

Reaching out for support in a time of tension...

On Wednesday, President Ahmadinejad met with Cuban President Raul Castro, at the Palace of the Revolution in Havana.

Earlier in the day, Ahmadinejad picked up a honorary doctorate at the University of Havana. There he told the students that capitalism would soon be on its last legs.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iranian President, said, "We are already observing how the capitalist system is in decline in different scenarios. It is at a dead-end street within the political and cultural scene."

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has visited Cuba on the third leg of his Latin America trip, which is aimed at shoring up support amid heightened international tensions.

Iran has been promoting friendships with its Latin American allies, shortly after Washington imposed tougher sanctions on it over its nuclear program. Ahmadinejad’s tour is also seen as an effort to find new markets for Iranian oil, as the EU considers an outright oil embargo.

But the president views his western rivals as merely political gamers.

"Those who make wars with the exclusive end motive of wanting to win a presidential election, who kill thousands and thousands, millions and millions of people, they have hearts completely empty of love and care for their neighbour." Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has visited Cuba on
the third leg of his Latin America trip, which is aimed
at shoring up support amid heightened international
tensions.

Iran has threatened to block the oil-transport corridor of the Hormuz Strait in retaliation for the sanctions.

Adding to the tension, the International Atomic Energy Agency has confirmed that Iran’s has reached 20 percent uranium enrichment, - essential for producing weapons-grade materials.

Iran insists its program is for energy and other peaceful purposes. But the US and its allies accuse it of wanting to create nuclear weapons.

Ahmadinejad is to leave early Thursday morning en route to Ecuador, the final stop of his trip, which has taken him to Venezuela and Nicaragua. The four countries remain critical of US actions on Iran, and have endorsed Iran’s right to develop nuclear energy.

 

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: CNTV.CN

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