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Moreover, Venezuela has strengthened its bilateral trade links with Iran. US tensions have been high with Iran and it remains under UN Security Council sanctions for its program to enrich uranium. For its part, Venezuela has been a vocal supporter of Iran’s right to a nuclear program. In a move toward closer relations, Venezuela and Iran have reached a deal to sell Venezuelan oil in Iran. Although Iran is an oil-producing nation, it needs to import refined oil in order to meet its domestic demands.
Among the most notable relations that will be of relevance to the United States are Venezuela’s relationships with Russia, China, and Iran. Not only has the United States had difficult relationships with these countries, but they, for the most part, share Venezuela’s attempts to move toward a multilateral international system by reducing US hegemony. If such alliances are viewed through a Realpolitik lens, the prospects for greater future cooperation are daunting. Venezuela has attempted to increase its influence both within Latin America and on the world stage.
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