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Iran President begins Cuba visit


10:17, January 12, 2012

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has arrived in Havana for a one-day visit amid heightened international tensions.

Cuba is his third stop on a Latin American tour meant to show support from four leftist nations - Venezuela, Nicaragua, Cuba and Ecuador. The four countries are united with Iran primarily in their antipathy toward the United States, but political and economic ties with the Islamic Republic have expanded in recent years. They have also endorsed Iran’s right to develop nuclear energy.

The United States slapped new sanctions on Iran on New Year’s Eve aimed at making it harder for Iran to sell its oil.

Iran says it is only developing nuclear capabilities for energy and other peaceful purposes, but the US and its allies accuse it of wanting to create a nuclear weapon.


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