US pursues Iranophobia in Latin America: Iranian official

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An Iranian official said that the United States whips up Iranophobia scenario in Latin America, Press TV reported on Sunday.

Deputy Chairman of the Iranian Armed Forces' Chiefs of Staff, Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri, made the remarks referring to a recent U.S. law that aims at countering Tehran's alleged influence in Latin America.

On Dec. 28, 2012, U.S. President Barack Obama enacted a law which would address Iran's growing presence and activity in Latin America through a political strategy to be developed by the State Department.

"Because of its imperialist nature, Washington has interpreted the enthusiasm of the Latin American countries to expand relations with Iran and the increasing number of Iranian embassies in the region as a threat to the United States," the Iranian commander was quoted as saying.

Since 2005, Iran has enhanced its political and economic ties with Latin American states and has opened six more embassies in the region, bringing the total to 11.

Jazayeri reiterated that in line with a "scenario of Iranophobia," Western and Israeli intelligence and political sources were engaged in inciting Latin American countries against the Islamic republic, alleging that Iran plans to use them as a pad to sneak into the United States.

On Jan. 2012, the Iranian state television officially launched an international channel in Spanish called "Hispan TV" to consolidate the cultural bonds, and to introduce Iran's traditions through airing programs for Hispanic addressees round the clock.

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