Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi recently concluded his first tour of Latin America. Amid disagreements with Washington, Tehran is trying to develop ties with several countries in the region that it considers allies (source). Iran as well as Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela have long-standing disagreements with Washington and are subject to tough US sanctions. In all three countries, the Iranian team reached cooperation agreements in numerous fields. Following this, Iran and Bolivia have also agreed to cooperate on defence. This is a direct challenge to the West, with Iran wanting to strengthen its position on the continent through countries opposed to the US.