Iran's Leader Visits Venezuela Amid Tensions

By Salon Staff

Published January 9, 2012 3:45PM (EST)

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is visiting his close ally President Hugo Chavez in Venezuela as tensions rise with the U.S. over Tehran's nuclear program and a death sentence against an American man convicted of working for the CIA.

The two leaders plan to meet in Caracas on Monday afternoon on the first leg of a four-nation tour that will also take Ahmadinejad to Nicaragua, Cuba and Ecuador.

His visit comes after the U.S. imposed tougher sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, which Washington believes Tehran is using to develop atomic weapons.

Adding to the tensions, Iranian state radio reported on Monday that a court in Iran has convicted an American man of working for the CIA and sentenced him to death.

Salon Staff

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