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Representative Dan Burton Says U.S. Will Keep Terrorist States Out of Our Hemisphere

Would endanger 'not only the United States and our security, but the whole world'

Washington, D.C., February 16, 2006 - Representative Dan Burton, Chairman of the House International Relations Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, told the Voice of America (VOA) that the U.S. did not want to see "known terrorist states getting a foothold or a partnership in our hemisphere."

Asked about cooperation between Iran and Latin American countries, Congressman Burton said, "We don't want to interfere in the internal affairs of these other countries, but if a nuclear program continues to be developed in Iran, and if they start working with people who want to revolutionize and change the democratic institutions of Central and South America, then the United States cannot sit idly by and let that happen." Referring to collaboration between Cuba, Venezuela, and Iran in particular, the Republican from Indiana said, "The free world is not going to sit by and allow their freedoms and their liberties to be endangered by a cabal being created by them."

Congressman Burton, whose interview aired today during VOA's Spanish language radio program Enfoque Andino (Andean Focus), said that an Iranian partnership with leftist governments in Central and South America "endangers not only the United States and our security, but the whole world."

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