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Iran Calls Pompeo Remarks On Role In Latin America 'Laughable'

Spokesman of Iranian Foreign Ministery Abbas Mousavi - File photo
Spokesman of Iranian Foreign Ministery Abbas Mousavi - File photo

Abbas Mousavi, the new spokesman for Iran's Foreign Ministry has characterized U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's remarks about Iran's interventions in Latin America as "laughable".

According to the Iranian State TV's news agency, Mousavi accused the United States of "obvious and unilateral" intervention in the domestic affairs of Venezuela.

"While Iranian experts are trying to improve that country's power grid and water supply systems as per the request of Venezuela's government, the United States has plundered $30 million of Venezuela's foreign currency reserves and has been calling on Venezuelans to stage a mutiny against the government or remain hungry," Mousavi said.

During a tour of South America, Pompeo said April 14 that Iran continues to engage in illicit activities in Latin America and is “the largest state sponsored of terror” representing “a global threat”.

The Trump administration supports opposition leader Juan Guaido and tries to block the flow of cash to Venezuela.

Iran, Russia, Turkey, and China are among the countries that support Venezuela's embattled President Nicholas Maduro.

Iran announced that its Mahan airlines flew to Venezuela on April 8, to debut regular flights to Caracas.

Mahan Air, an Iranian airline affiliated with the IRGC's Qods Force, is sanctioned by the United States for "airlifting troops and weapons."