Sudden cancellation of Ahmadinejad Latin American tour without explanation

Sunday night, May 3, Iran’s foreign minister Manouchehr Mottaki announced the Iranian president would pay official visits to Brazil, Venezuela and Ecuador from May 7 to 8. Although the US and Israel voiced concern, Brazilian foreign minister Celso Amorim said the visit would go ahead as scheduled.
Twenty four hours later, Iranian news agencies announced the tour by the Iranian president with 110 representatives of 65 companies had been postponed “indefinitely” without explanation. Instead, Ahmadinejad would visit Damascus Tuesday.
debkafile reported earlier Monday (under the heading: Brazil jumps aboard Iran’s Latin American bandwagon) that Ahmadinejad and Brazilian president Luiz Inacio da Silva would this week sign deals for selling Iran quantities of uranium, with secret transactions covering nuclear cooperation, reciprocal arms sales and exchanges of nuclear and arms production experts.
Friday, May 1, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton dubbed the Ahmadinejad visit to Brasilia “quite disturbing.” She said: “I don’t think in today’s world, where it’s a multi-polar world, where we are competing for attention and relationships with the Russians, the Chinese, the Iranians, that it’s in our interest to turn our backs on our own hemisphere.”
Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez was not the only godfather of the Brazilian-Iranian transaction; another live wire was Sergei Kiriyenko, head of the Russian Atomic Energy Commission (as first revealed by DEBKA-Net-Weekly 392 on April 17: Iran Eyes Nuclear Breakthrough with Brazil).
The Russian official tipped Tehran off to the high potential of this connection both for gain and for planting a second large stake in America’s back yard.
Last week, Tehran signed a broad military cooperation pact with Caracas and was preparing to continue its march of conquest through Latin America.
Kiriyenko visited Brasilia last October and offered his hosts modern Russian methods for extracting the uranium, new nuclear power plants and superconducting technologies.
Russian scientists surveyed 25-30 percent of Brazilian territory at shallow depths for uranium deposits; even that limited search uncovered reserves of 350,000 tons, which the Russian nuclear czar believed could be increased at least threefold – or as much as ten times over.
Kiriyenko planned to win a concession for developing Brazil’s uranium mines by offering its government a big ready-made customer, Iran.

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