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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attends the 28th Session of the Human Rights Council at the United Nations in Geneva, March 2, 2015. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

La Paz-The visit of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif to Latin America upset the political and media circles, which was seen as a support to the Iranian regime, including the militia members of the so-called Hezbollah and members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

Critics started to hint to the Iranian role in the continent during the first hours of the tour. La Razón Newspaper, issued in Bolivia, stated that the Iranian regime has been interfering for decades in the countries’ policies and damaging their relations with other states.

The so-called Hezbollah militias also benefited from the Iranian support to increase activities of drugs smuggling and communicating with criminal members through the Venezuelan border, added the newspaper.

La Razón warned of upcoming problems that will be caused by the Iranian role in the continent, especially after the western sanctions were canceled.

Bolivia holds a strategic importance to the Iranian regime given their cooperation in various fields plus the funding of Bolivian economy and energy projects.

It seems that the visit of Venezuelan Minister of Foreign Affairs Delcy Rodríguez to Tehran one week ago compelled Zarif to change his schedule and visit six Latin countries instead of five between August 21-27 – Venzuela, Cuba, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador and Nicaragua.

Strategic analysts see that Iran’s involvement in Latin America has dangerous dimensions, describing it as a cold war.

The analysts consider the visit unjustified amid the political changes the world is witnessing, saying Iran’s practices are suspicious and that it is supposed to prove it’s bona fide.

Sergio Eban, researcher in Costa Rica University Middle East Center, told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that Iran pursues to be an enemy of the West through colliding with these anti-capitalist countries especially that Iran has a real plan to spread the revolution concepts in the world.