Outside View: Why Iran and Bolivia are in business - posavski-obzor.info
There's a recent trade deal between Iran and Bolivia that received scant attention WASHINGTON, May 10 (UPI) -- Recently, the United States and had a close relationship and Morales and has met with Iranian President. Bolivia has publicly endorsed Iran's pursuit of peaceful nuclear serve to further enhance economic ties, after the United States suspended his. In recent years, the bilateral relationship between the United States and Bolivia has been strained by the Bolivian government's decisions to.
Large-scale industrialization of lithium yields tritium, which is essential to the construction of boosted-fission nuclear weapons. After all, Great Britain, Russia, France and China are all believed to be capable of making lithium in the quantities needed for manufacture of these types of nuclear weapons. And the United States has tested nuclear bombs boosted by lithium; the country presumably still has a stockpile of these weapons.
The situation is complicated by the difficult relationship that Washington has had with La Paz for many years. Each country has expelled the other's ambassador and Bolivia has taken the additional step of removing U. Drug Enforcement Agency representatives from the country as well. For its part, the United States suspended Bolivia's tax-exempt privileges in December and, as a result, Bolivia has pledged to turn to the Iranian and Chinese markets to sell its goods.
Washington should closely monitor this connection between Iran and Bolivia. And if it determines that Iran is engaging in illicit activity, the U. Treasury Department should also determine what banking relationships exist between Iran and Bolivia and whether Iran is using the Latin American financial system to circumvent international financial sanctions.
It is time to stop ignoring the man behind the curtain.
The international sanctions regime is slowly yielding its desired effect; raising the financial cost of doing business with a rogue regime. But in order to further deter Iran from pursuing nuclear weapons, continued vigilance is on the part of the international community.
We won this fight. Consequently, it is necessary to continue on this path and protect our political and economic independence and turn to countries we trust such as Iran. I am really proud to be in Iran, with whose president I had launch and held talks. This is a great honor for me and the Bolivian nation. You attended the GECF summit? What were your objectives?
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Why did you take part in the forum? As a small gas-exporting country in the South American region that is working to expand and industrialize this sector, Bolivia considers it extremely important to attract investments and cooperate with the countries interested in investing in this area. We offered to host the fourth edition of the GECF summit inwhich was accepted. We will be proud to host senior officials of the countries such as Iran, Russia and others, and this, in turn, will help Bolivia.
You have come to this summit with new ideas. All exporting and producing countries at the gas summit have indirectly and automatically rid themselves of the policies imposed by the United States. Secondly, the gas price cannot be dependent on oil, although South American has a different point of view due to the energy crisis.
Of course this has a solution. It should also be mentioned that gas does less damage to the environment and creates less pollution compared to other natural energy resources, and the gas technology can boost sustainable development untilthat was put forward in a plan by the United Nations. Do you have a special plan or a special project for solving this issue?
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Our experience in Bolivia shows that some of the neighboring countries offer us a high gas price due to the energy crisis. Maybe in the future, because of an urgent need, gas price becomes regional but currently the situation is like this. For Bolivia, the most important thing is to convert gas to energy and sell energy because it is more affordable this way and it will have its guaranteed market. Some companies and countries that provide service to us in this area have a similar tendency because they will have a guaranteed market.
We are looking into it. Last week, when we negotiated with some of the companies such as Repsol and Total over this issue, they were surprised to learn that this way they can have a guaranteed internal market without being dependent on global oil prices.
We are working on water power and other fields even on pure energy such as wind and solar energy to boost our exports. When I became president, the domestic needs was megawatts, meaning that 60 percent had electricity, and now we are talking about 80 percent and the domestic needs has increased to 1, megawatts. What were your other achievements in the Tehran summit? We are resolved to deepen our diplomatic relations with them; we have already agreed to cooperate on the transfer of technology.
I discussed energy ties with the president of Russia, as a leading anti-imperialism power in the world. Gazprom is slated to begin its activities in Bolivia soon, and Russia will also assist us in other areas. We are determined to establish a nuclear energy research center for peaceful purposes. Have they leveled accusations against your civilian nuclear projects, like those of Iran? They wanted to do so but we defended this plan. We want to have a research reactor there, and I asked Mr.
Putin for the reactor to be the biggest one in South America. We will cover its expenses ourselves, at the moment we can fully afford it. This will be done with the cooperation of Rosatom Company, which is government-owned. Other issues were also discussed.
What did you and President Rouhani talk about?
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He told me to come to Iran whenever I had time. After the first meeting we had in New York, US, trust was built between the two sides. Trade and energy exchanges were also discussed. We also exchanged views on cooperation in the field of health. But besides these agreements, I want to talk about a specific issue.
You know that Chile and Bolivia have disagreements at the international lever over access to the Pacific Ocean. To inform the world, I want to inform the world via this media oulet that Bolivia had access to the Pacific Ocean inand had kilometers of coast there, but an act of aggression started on February 14 in and ended a month later on March 24 the same year.
It should be said it was not a war but a full-scale act aggression. They somewhat emerged winners, and it ended with a treaty. During different sessions, the Organization of American States finally came up with a decision on the issue and Chilean officials confirmed it, but the [plan] was never put into action, prompting us to take the case to the International Court of Justice at The Hague, which ruled that it had jurisdiction over the issue.
Russia also recognized our right and said it would hold talks with Chile over the issue. Here is the text of his comments: It is important for the dispute to be settled through talks and the International Court of Justice at The Hague.
I should also mention that we do not seek a win-lose solution; we want a win-win one that is in the interest of both sides. You should ask it from Chile. We have interactions with the entire world, and it is unfortunate that Chile is now isolated.
In fact, on his first world tour, he went straight from La Paz to Havana and to Caracas. In return, Venezuela exportedbarrels of diesel to Bolivia. Twenty member states had requested an urgent meeting on Venezuela to debate on a possible use of the democratic charter. Bolivia cancelled the meeting without further explanation or consultation, putting itself in a tough position for a presidency that had just started. Eventually, the meeting took place without Bolivian participation.
Both countries deepened their friendship afterwhen Morales took power. Although no exact data are available, Bolivia spends an average of a thousand dollars per month per Cuban doctor figures from Brazil and Venezuela vary between three and nine thousand per month. And it was in Havana that Morales got a benign tumor extracted in The status of the relationship is best shown by the exchange of diplomats.
Appointed this past May, the new Bolivian ambassador to Cuba is not just anyone. Chile and the U. As a result of these tensions, the two neighboring countries cut diplomatic ties in Despite the official animosity, personal exchanges remain rich and deep.
The maritime claim is the one topic all Bolivians agree on. In his Independence Day speech this year August 6thMorales seemed to reach out to Chile, declaring the following: There should not be any losers or winners. How the relation will continue to evolve depends much on the outcome of the Chilean presidential election later this year.