By the time the Republican candidates vowed to rewind Obama’s rapprochements on their first day in office, the Iranian influence extended to reach Bolivia after Spain, raising Latin American countries’ concern.
Only two weeks prior to the beginning of the first poll in the primary elections in the US presidential race, the two Republican candidates, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz said that they have planned to place “tearing up the deal” on their Day 1 to-do list on the basis of their belief in the US ability to convince its European allies to re-impose sanctions on Iran.
Victoria Coates, the top Cruz foreign policy adviser, said that Europeans should decide whether they want to deal with Iranian economy or US economy.
From his part, Former Florida Governor, Jeb Bush, said he saw “weakness” in Obama administration’s dealings with Iran. “Let’s take a step back here,” Bush told the Council on Foreign Relation in a town hall meeting. “The bigger issue is that we’ve legitimized a regime that shows no interest in actually moving toward the so-called community of nations,” he stated.
Bush then added that ISIS and Iran, which has taken a hostile attitude in the region, are the two threats that USA has to deal with.
On the other hand, and coinciding lifting sanctions on Iran, a state of concern has prevailed among Latin American countries fearing any Iranian attempts to penetrate the continent.
An MP in Paraguay’s Parliament called on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in his country to inquire from its counterpart in Bolivia the issue of Iran providing nuclear techniques for the latter.
Moreover, and what added concerns was Bolivia’s announcement on establishing a nuclear research center with a huge foreign fund; regardless of the presence of about 150 Iranian diplomats in Bolivia, which is considered a large and unjustified number for the region countries.