Pentagon Leaks: Iran and Nicaragua Talked About Ways to Challenge the United States in Latin America

According to the recently leaked set of classified Pentagon documents, Iran and Nicaragua have been in talks to counter the United States’ influence in Latin America. 

While conducting a diplomatic trip to Nicaragua in February, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian met up with high-ranking Nicaraguan Army commanders to discuss tightening military cooperation to combat US influence in Latin America. 

This report highlighted how Nicaraguan commanders informed 

Amir-Abdollahian that Managua opposed “US efforts to expand influence in Latin America and expressed a willingness to engage with Tehran and other like-minded countries.”

Although both countries celebrated Amir-Abdollahian’s visit to Nicaragua, their official announcements were generally focused on economic, trade, and energy cooperation. There was no mention of military cooperation between the two countries. 

Per a report by Iranian state-run news agency IRNA, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega pointed out during his meeting with Amir-Abdollahian in February that the two countries “had a common enemy” that they defeated in 1979. Ortega was referring to the Islamic and Sandinista revolutions of 1979 that saw US-backed governments get toppled. 

Amir-Abdollahian noted that Nicaragua represented “independence and freedom-seeking in the minds of the Iranians because Nicaragua has stood and is standing against imperialism.”

During his diplomatic visit to Nicaragua, the Iranian foreign minister stressed that Iran is working to create a multipolar political order. He mentioned how US-led sanctions on sovereign nations represent a “terrorist threat” that is used by imperialist nations to force countries to submit. 

Indeed, Nicaragua and Iran are two countries that have been subject to US geopolitical abuse. As a result, they will naturally pact with each other, along with countries such as China and Russia, who have also faced punitive actions from the US. These relations will only grow stronger as the US’s foreign policy gets more unhinged and woke. 

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