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Chavez calls for 'anti-imperialistic front' in Tehran


Latest update : 2009-09-06

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has backed Iran's nuclear programme and called for the formation of "anti-imperialist fronts" after meeting with his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Tehran.

AFP - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadineajd and his Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chavez vowed on Saturday to back revolutionary nations and form anti-imperialist fronts, the official IRNA news agency said.

"Helping the oppressed and revolutionary nations and expanding anti-imperialist fronts are the main missions of Iran and Venezuela," Ahmadinejad said after meeting Chavez who is on a two-day visit to Tehran.

The regular visitor to the Islamic republic also said Tehran and Caracas "should help revolutionary nations by strengthening ties between the two nations."

The key Latin American ally of Ahmadinejad on Friday backed Iran's nuclear programme which world powers suspect is aimed at making atomic weapons.

"We are certain that Iran, as it has shown, will not back down in its effort to obtain what is a sovereign right of the people: to have all the equipment and structures to use atomic energy for peaceful purposes," Chavez said in remarks broadcast on Venezuelan television Friday.

"There is not a single proof that Iran is building ... a nuclear bomb," he said. "Soon they will accuse us of also building an atomic bomb" in Venezuela, Chavez added.

His government is working on a preliminary plan to build a "nuclear village" in Venezuela with Iranian assistance.

Iran, which denies it is making nuclear weapons, is under pressure to resume talks with world powers over its controversial nuclear programme.

The United States and five other world powers -- Britain, China, Russia, France and Germany -- are pressing Iran to accept an offer of face-to-face nuclear talks before a key UN meeting in late September.

Date created : 2009-09-05