"From an Iranian standpoint, they are increasing their presence in the number of embassies that they have within the region," Gen. Fraser said. "They've gone from seven. I think they'll open their twelfth embassy this year. My concern there is just their traditional support to Hamas and Hezbollah and whether or not that then has an impact in Latin America and the Carribean. I have not seen that connection right now. So I see primarily diplomatic and commercial activity. I don't see anything beyond that."
"Transnational terrorists -- Hezbollah, Hamas -- have organizations resident in the region," said Gen. Douglas M. Fraser, commander of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), in an address at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. "I stay focused on it just because I'm paid to be skeptical. What we see right now is support -- financial support -- to parent organizations in the Middle East."