Iran appears to be making good on its claim to put warships in the Panama Canal before the end of 2023, but analysts say that’s just the beginning.
Last week, Brazil permitted two Iranian warships to moor off Rio de Janeiro’s famous beaches. The event occurred between Feb. 26 and March 4, causing a stir among democratic nations throughout the region.
Political and security insiders say the arrival of the warships is a consequence of a new wave of leftist leaders who’ve swept across Latin America in recent years, including Brazil’s new president.
And Iran is capitalizing on its strong ties to socialist regimes in the region.
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