U.S. Congressman Fears for Ahmadinejad tour to Latin America
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Republican congressman and president of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, expressed her concern about Ecuador’s uranium reserves could be used by Iran in order to nurture this country’s nuclear program, after the visit of Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Quito.
“While the U.S. and the countries responsible for working to force Iran to cease and verifiably dismantle its nuclear program, I’m worried that Correa (Ecuadorian President, Rafael Correa) is in position to undermine these efforts,” said Ros-Lehtinen and considered that “the increasing alliance between Iran and Correa facilitates the ability of Tehran to access the Ecuadorian uranium reserves.”
She also was worried about the possibility “that Ecuador is solidifying its status as an accomplice deliberate Iranian policy focused on harming the United States (…)”
At the beginning of the tour of Ahmadinejad, Ros-Lehtinen called it a “tour of tyrants” and said his goal was to approach ‘other dictators and human rights violators.”