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Chavez, Ahmadinejad Seek 'New World Order'

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, right, welcomes his Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chavez, during official ceremony, in Tehran, Iran, 19 Oct. 2010.

The leaders of Iran and Venezuela hailed what they called their strong strategic relationship Wednesday, saying they are united in efforts to establish a "new world order" that will eliminate Western dominance over global affairs.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his visiting Venezuelan counterpart, Hugo Chavez, both denounced what they called U.S. "imperialism" and said their opponents will not be able to impede cooperation between Iran and Venezuela.

At the end of his two-day visit to Tehran, Mr. Chavez condemned military threats against Iran over its nuclear program. The United States and Israel have said they would not rule out any option to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.

Iran denies charges it is pursuing nuclear technology to produce weapons.

The two leaders signed 11 agreements promoting cooperation in areas including oil, natural gas, textiles and trade.

The visit was Mr. Chavez's ninth to Iran and the latest stop on a 10-day international tour.

Mr. Chavez has already visited Russia as part of his trip. Moscow on Friday agreed to help Venezuela build its first nuclear power plant. Russia has been helping Iran complete its first nuclear power station.