According to Chavez, "Bush says that he is in contact with God every day, but the truth is that he has a relationship with the devil."
"No other country has to this extent threatened human nature more than the United States," Chavez added.
Chavez was speaking at a ceremony in which Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad presented him with a medal of honor for his "outstanding efforts against imperialism."
DIPLOMATIC OFFENSIVE: As the United States and the European Union increase pressure on Iran regarding its nuclear program, Tehran has launched a wide-ranging and ambitious diplomatic offensive, including high-level state visits with countries including China, Indonesia, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, and Pakistan. In May, Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad participated in a high-profile summit of the so-called Developing 8 (D8) group of countries in Bali. Below are some links to RFE/RL's coverage of Iran's efforts to boost international support for its position.
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