Chavez rejects Clinton's threats on Iran ties

The leftist leader made his comments at an ALBA summit of leftist Latin American leaders in communist Cuba.

Chavez rejects Clinton's threats on Iran ties

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez rejected Sunday the top US threats on the consequences of Latin American ties with Iran, blasting Hillary Clinton's remarks as an "imperial offensive."

"Mrs Clinton's statements (are) like a threat above all against Venezuela and Bolivia... They are the clear signs of an imperial offensive seeking to stop the advancement of progressive forces, and regain its back yard," Chavez told reporters in Havana.

The leftist leader made his comments at an ALBA summit of leftist Latin American leaders in communist Cuba.

Clinton warned Latin American countries on Friday to "think twice" about fostering ties with Iran, saying that doing so was "a really bad idea" that could have consequences for them.

Her remarks drew criticism from Bolivia's Foreign Ministry and from Chavez.

"It's an overt threat," Chavez told reporters in Cuba. "Her declarations are like a threat, especially at Venezuela and Bolivia."

Along with Chavez, Bolivia's Evo Morales and Ecuador's Rafael Correa recently have forged closer ties with Iran, Russia and other countries.



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