Chavez warns Europeans not to side with US on Iran nuclear standoff

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Tuesday urged Europe not to side with the United States over Iran's nuclear program, dismissing as a "big lie" US concerns that the Teheran is trying to develop an atomic bomb. "I'm sure it's just another excuse, another invention, another big lie by the imperialist government of the United States to justify any aggression against the Iranian people," Chavez told reporters at a news conference in Paris. "Europe should not, in my opinion, follow this path."