The United States, Mexico and Canada are teaming up to analyze the threat of Iran’s influence in South America.
The Countering Iran in the Western Hemisphere Act, which passed last December, calls for the US State Department to develop a strategy within 180 days to “provide for a comprehensive strategy to counter Iran’s growing hostile presence and activity in the Western Hemisphere, and for other purposes.”
The bill states that the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary
Guard, considered a terrorist group by the U.S. government, “have witnessed an increased presence in Latin America” with “direct Iranian government support of Hezbollah activities in the Tri-Border Area of Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay.”
“We continually assess threats while co-operating with international partners, including the US, to address threats to our common security,” a spokeswoman for Canada’s Public Safety Minister Vic Toews told QMI Agency last week.