Iranian general says that U.S. is fostering Iranophobia in world

Massoud Jazzayeri

A new U.S. law that targets Iran is part of a campaign to spread Iranophobia in the world, according to a senior Iranian military commander.

The military man, Brig. Gen. Massoud Jazzayeri, was quoted Sunday by the pro-government Fars News Agency.

“The media hype and certain commentaries which have been inspired by the western and Zionist political, intelligence and security sources about Iran’s use of the Latin American states as a platform for infiltration, penetration and attack on the U.S. soil are part of the Iranophobia scenario and to convince the public opinion and prepare grounds for global consensus on threatening action against the Islamic Republic of Iran,” the general was quoted as saying.

The general cited the arrogant nature of the United States and the reason it sees the growth of Iranian embassies in Latin America as a threat.

The U.S. Congress passed and President Barack Obama signed a measure that instructs the U.S. State Department to develop a strategy to counter the growing Iranian influence in the Americas.

Last month a top Iranian diplomat was making the rounds of

friendly countries in Latin America in what U.S. observers believe is another effort to establish more influence in the area and solidify supply lines.

The diplomat is Ali Asghar Khaji, the deputy foreign minister for European and American affairs. His trip was announced by the Fars News Agency in Iran, which said he would visit Bolivia, Cuba, and Uruguay. That was Dec. 9.

The Iranian news service noted that Bolivia and Cuba are members of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas, known as ALBA. This is a union of eight Latin American states that has been stitched together by Venezuela President Hugo Chávez to counter U.S. influence in the area.

Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has visited Latin America, including Nicaragua. That was the country where rumors surfaced in September that another Iranian proxy, Hezbollah, was setting up a training camp. That report came from Israeli news media and was never validated.

Iran has opened six new embassies in Latin American countries since 2005, bringing the total to 11, and 17 cultural centers.

The Middle East Quarterly noted that U.S. officials attribute to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps the unsuccessful plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to Washington with the use of gunmen from the Los Zetas Mexican drug cartel.

The United States cannot block the promotion of the Iranian nation’s anti-arrogance discourse among freedom and justice-seeking nations of the world, said the general, according to Fars.

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