Iran placing medium-range missiles in Venezuela; Can Reach the U.S.

by Anna Mahjar-Barducci

Iran is planning to place medium-range missiles on Venezuelan soil,
based on western information sources[1], according to an article in
the German daily, Die Welt, of November 25, 2010. According to the
article, an agreement between the two countries was signed during the
last visit o Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to Tehran on October19,
2010. The previously undisclosed contract provides for the
establishment of a jointly operated military base in Venezuela, and
the joint development of ground-to-ground missiles.

At a moment when NATO members found an agreement, in the recent Lisbon
summit (19-20 November 2010), to develop a Missile Defence capability
to protect NATO’s populations and territories in Europe against
ballistic missile attacks from the East (namely, Iran), Iran’s
counter-move consists in establishing a strategic base in the South
American continent – in the United States’s soft underbelly.

According to Die Welt, Venezuela has agreed to allow Iran to establish
a military base manned by Iranian missile officers, soldiers of the
Iranian Revolutionary Guard and Venezuelan missile officers. In
addition, Iran has given permission for the missiles to be used in
case of an “emergency”. In return, the agreement states that Venezuela
can use these facilities for “national needs” — radically increasing
the threat to neighbors like Colombia. The German daily claims that
according to the agreement, Iranian Shahab 3 (range 1300-1500 km),
Scud-B (285-330 km) and Scud-C (300, 500 and 700 km) will be deployed
in the proposed base. It says that Iran also pledged to help Venezuela
in rocket technology expertise, including intensive training of
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