Global Affairs

Experts: Argentina Facilitating Iranian Penetration of Western Hemisphere

Argentinian officials that seem aimed at facilitating Iranian infiltration of South America and hampering efforts to expose the terrorist activities of Tehran and its proxies throughout the continent.

On the hampering side, the administration of Argentinian President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner has been blocking requests for Argentinean prosecutor general Alberto Nisman to testify in front of Congress on Iranian terror activity throughout South America and in Argentina.

The allegations about facilitating Iranian expansion are even more direct:

Iranian agents have been permitted access to Latin America’s Free Trade Zones, which operate throughout the porous borders that separate Argentina, Paraguay, and Brazil, the terrorism experts testified before the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency… [Iran] has been able to build a complex “pipeline to move illicit products all across the region,” according to Joseph M. Humire, executive director of the Center for a Secure Free Society…

The experts ultimately concluded that Iran has built a full-blown terror network that includes spies and senior military officials across Latin America, as socialist countries such as Argentina strengthen ties with Iran.

Under Kirchner Argentina’s exports to Iran have skyrocketed over 1000 percent, going from $84 million in 2008 to $1.2 billion three years later.

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