Iran RAGES at Trump for trying to topple Venezuela’s Maduro – ‘the US wants hegemony!’

Saturday, February 2, 2019
By Paul Martin

IRAN has accused Donald Trump of seeking world control in a scathing attack which denounced the United States for its attempts to oust the Islamic Republic’s ally, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

Sat, Feb 2, 2019

Iran President Hassan Rouhani said Washington was seeking “world hegemony” by suppressing independent countries, Tehran’s state news agency reported. This latest attack comes as the US ratchets up the pressure on Venezuelan leader Maduro as part of an effort to replace him with opposition leader and self-declared interim president Juan Guaido. Following a meeting with Venezuela’s new envoy in Tehran, Rouhani said: “The Americans are basically against all popular revolutions and independent countries and seek world hegemony by suppressing them.”

Relations between Iran and the US have soured since President Trump announced he was pulling Washington out of a 2015 nuclear accord and reimposing sanctions.

And the situation in Venezuela has strained relations even further as the rival nations throw their weight behind opposing sides in the rapidly escalating crisis.

Alongside Russia and China, Iran supports Maduro while the US and most of South America has demanded he step down.

Meanwhile, the Islamic Republic today risked further provoking Washington by showing off a new cruise missile.

Tehran says the weapon can hit targets 800 miles away which puts its regional rival Saudi Arabia well within range.

Iran has continued to expand its missile programme, particularly its ballistic missiles, despite repeated warnings from the United States.

Defence Minister Amir Hatami said during the unveiling ceremony: “This cruise missile needs a very short time for its preparedness and can fly at a low altitude.”

However, Western experts say Iran often exaggerates the capabilities of its weapons.

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