Growing strategic cooperation: Iran President Mahmoud

Ahmadinejad and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez



Die Welt, Germany

Venezuela Missile Base to Offer Iran Capacity to Strike 'Enemies'


"According to the secret agreement between the two countries, Venezuela has pledged to Iran that it will be able to strike its enemies from the joint missile base. … On the other hand, the joint missile base, to be built with Iranian know-how, will allow Venezuela to threaten neighboring countries like Columbia."


By Clemens Wergin



Translated By Stephanie Martin


May 13, 2011


Germany - Die Welt - Original Article (German)

FARC terrorists aren't the only rogues with whom Chavez is involved. As reported by Die Welt last November, Chavez concluded a secret strategic agreement with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on October 19, 2010, which provides for the construction of an Iranian-Venezuela missile base on Venezuelan soil.


Included in the agreement was joint development of a medium-range missile. Through Western security sources, Die Welt has learned that the missile base is beginning to take shape. Both sides have now agreed on a location for the base and have entered the planning phase.


The base will be built on the Paraguaná Peninsula [map below], roughly 75 miles from the Colombian border. A small group of senior Iranian engineers from Khatam al-Anbia, an engineering firm controlled by the Revolutionary Guard, has already inspected the site.




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The secret visit in early February was approved by the commander of the Revolutionary Guard Corps Air Force, Amir al-Hadschisadeh, who coordinated the visit with his Venezuelan counterparts.


The Iranian delegation visited to help develop an infrastructure to protect against air attack. Also planned is the construction of a command and control station, residential areas, watchtowers, and bunkers, in which warheads, missile fuel and other items can be stored. In cooperation with its Venezuelan partners, Iran also intends to build missile silos at a depth of about 61 ft.


Iranian Experts Deliver Missile Base Plans


Such missile silos are not easy to design. For example, provision must be made for the emission of missile exhaust fumes, and the silos must also be equipped with an exhaust system for fuel delivery.


In addition, there are plans for precautionary measures being put in place against possible air attack. Intelligence sources report that the designs of the missile silos were developed in cooperation with experts from the chemical engineering departments of the Polytechnic and Sharif Universities in Teheran.


In response to requests from the Khatam al-Anbia construction company, engineers have already proposed ways for how the plant might be built, for instance, in order to provide for the discharge of toxic fumes. These are necessary precautions, since no chimneys or large ventilation shafts can be built if the plant’s precise location is to remain secret.


Information gathered by Die Welt also suggests that on their visit to Venezuela, members of the Iranian delegation carried cash in their luggage for the project’s initial funding. Western security circles suspect that this involved tens of millions of dollars siphoned off from Iran’s burgeoning oil profits.


Iran Boosts Strategic Position By Way of Venezuela


According to the secret agreement between the two countries, Venezuela has pledged to Iran that it will be able to strike its enemies from the joint missile base. In other words, Iran is attempting to boost its strategic threat with respect to the United States, similar to the strategy the Soviet Union followed in Cuba during the 1960s.


On the other hand, the joint medium-range missile base, to be built with Iranian know-how, will allow Venezuela to threaten neighboring countries like Colombia.


Meanwhile, Iran is moving forward with its nuclear program and has begun operation of its nuclear reactor in Bushehr. According to reports from the Russian engineering firm involved in operations, nuclear fission has begun. On Sunday, the Russian construction firm Atomstroyexport reported that the reactor was started up at a “minimal controlled energy level." Extensive safety tests are next on the agenda.


Power Struggle Between Ahmadinejad and Khamenei


At the moment in Tehran, however, hovering above all else is the ongoing power struggle between President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, which has taken some bizarre turns.


For instance, Ahmadinejad was absent from all cabinet meetings for ten days, after which, last Sunday, he returned to work. The boycott was a protest against a decision made by Khamenei, the country's religious leader, to reinstate Heydar Moslehi, the intelligence minister that Ahmadinejad had dismissed.


This is a strong sign that a struggle for the country's future is emerging. While the clergy is interested in securing its influence, Ahmadinejad apparently wants to lead the country in the direction of a nationalistic military dictatorship that relies on the power of the Revolutionary Guard.


Even Ahmadinejad's Mentor Opposes Him


This has moved even reactionary cleric Mesbah Yazdi, previously considered to be Ahmadinejad’s mentor, to oppose him. “The restoration of anti-clerical thinking could represent the next great sedition in this country,” said Yazdi, alluding to the Green Revolution that shook the country in the aftermath of rigged elections in June 2009.


Other conservative clerics have even placed Ahmadinejad alongside other “enemies of Iran,” a category that is generally reserved for Israel and the United States. In recent years, the Revolutionary Guard has expanded its political and especially economic power considerably. Now the clergy is pulling the emergency brake.


Ahmadinejad is being accused of surrounding himself with sorcerers and wizards. It is rumored that a total of 25 people close to Ahmadinejad have been arrested. Several Web sites ascribed to Ahmadinejad's followers have been blocked.  In particular, criticism is focused on close confidant and chief-of-staff to the president, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, who was apparently being groomed by Ahmadinejad to be his successor.   



In the past, Maschaie had said that he doesn't need anyone to interpret Islamic texts like the Quran for him, and that he can do it for himself. This was regarded by the religious establishment as a threat to its role in Iranian politics. Conservative Majlis members have already threatened to force the president from office.


During the 2009 post-election riots, Khamenei was still fully supportive of Ahmadinejad. Now he appears to consider him just as much a threat to Iranian theocracy as the demonstrators did in 2009. 



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