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Evo Morales blasts Trump's calls for regime change in Latin America

BOLIVIAN President Evo Morales clashed with his United States counterpart Donald Trump at the United Nations security council (UNSC) in New York this week, accusing the belligerent billionaire of pushing for regime change in Latin America.

He blasted the Trump administration, telling leaders gathered at the 15-member UNSC that the US is not interested in peace or democracy but continually threatens democratic countries with military intervention. 

“In recent months, the United States has demonstrated its contempt for international law and multilateralism. It constantly invades countries and launches missiles. The US is not interested in justice or democracy,” Mr Morales charged.

The security council meeting was called by Mr Trump to discuss the implications of the US decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal in May. The decision has been widely criticised, with European countries refusing to back Washington’s stance. 

Mr Trump has imposed sanctions on Iran in an attempt to slow down oil production and members of the US administration have been trying to persuade other countries to join them in halting all business with Tehran. 

Despite threatening secondary sanctions on those who continue dealings with Iran, European Union leaders said last week they would devise a special trade agreement to bypass the US trade blockade. 

Mr Morales offered his support to Iran and, in the opening exchanges, reminded Mr Trump of the disastrous history of US intervention in the Middle East.

“In 1953, the US financed, organised, and executed a coup against a democratically elected government that, in an exercise of its sovereignty, nationalised oil. Then, for decades, they supported an authoritarian government that allowed oil profit to benefit transnational companies,” he said. 

The Bolivian leader charged the US administration of seeking regime change in countries across Latin America, including Venezuela. Recent reports suggested Mr Trump had discussed the option of military intervention against President Nicolas Maduro, who survived an assassination attempt last month during a military parade in Caracas. 

“Every time the US invades countries, launches missiles, or finances regime change, it does it with a propaganda campaign claiming it is in the name of justice, freedom, democracy, human rights or humanitarian concern," Mr Morales warned. 

He praised Britain, France, China and Russia for their commitment to multilateralism and called on them to work together in building a multipolar world.

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