Iran, Venezuela leaders seek 'new world order'

Chavez in Teheran says US is "on the verge of collapse" as he pledges friendship to Ahmadinejad in an effort to end "imperialism."

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
October 20, 2010 23:50
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Hugo Chavez meets with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

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TEHERAN, Iran — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez  and his Iranian counterpart declared Wednesday they are united in efforts to establish a "new world order" and warned their enemies would be relegated to the "graveyard."

The rhetoric wrapped up Chavez's two-day visit to Iran meant to boost cooperation between the allies in their oil, gas and petrochemical industries.

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Iran and Venezuela are united to establish a new world order based on humanity and justice," Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said, repeating his predictions that those who today seek "world domination are on the verge of collapse."

Chavez said this is a time of "great threats" that make its necessary to swiftly "consolidate strategic alliances in political, economic, technological, energy and social areas," according to the state-run Venezuelan News Agency.

Details of the latest accords were not released, and Chavez said some agreements went beyond those put on paper. He said a Venezuelan delegation will soon travel to Iran to follow up on the agreements.

"Imperialism has entered a decisive phase of decline and ... is headed, like elephants, to its graveyard," Chavez said, according to the Venezuelan state news agency.

Chavez has staunchly defended Iran's nuclear energy program, siding with Tehran by insisting it is for peaceful uses and not for nuclear bombs.

Chavez also has plans to develop a nuclear energy program in Venezuela and last week signed an agreement for Russia to help build a reactor.


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