As tensions grow between an ever belligerent Iranian government, United States forces from the USS Kidd undertook a mission to rescue Iranians who had been held captive by Somali pirates since November. Ironically enough the Kidd is part of the forces assigned to the John G. Stennis air craft carrier, the very same task force which Iran threatened less than a week ago. Iran responded with thanks for the "humanitarian" rescue, added that Iran has been responsible for many great glorious rescues of the same type, and then went on to say that this one was suspicious and accused the US of staging the whole thing. Iran states that this rescue was a Hollywood attempt to justify keeping a United States aircraft carrier near the Persian Gulf, which Iran has forbidden, after threatening to close the Strait of Hormuz. The response to which has included the British sending the HMS Daring, supposedly the best ship of the royal fleet, to join an international effort to ensure Iran can never succeed in closing the strait, where much of oil to the west travels through.
Despite the world's sanctions against Iran, due to worries of it's nuclear program being militaristic, Iran announces that yet another nuclear reactor will be at full strength by February first. These are the very sanctions which in retaliation to Iran made the threats to close the Strait of Hormuz and against United States naval ships in particular. Iran claims that a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency has been there to inspect the new centrifuges, but this could not be confirmed by the IAEA. This new power would allow this plant to enrich uranium beyond the amount required for fuel production. That is very suspicious because if purely for energy and electrical power why would they need to go beyond that? However, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has stated that the United States does not see this plant as a threat, but rather other ones.
Meanwhile, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is visiting the Latin American nations remaining friendly to his Iran, also know as the countries who have anti-USA tendencies or policies. With stops in constant US harasser, Venezuela, as well as Cuba, Ecuador, Nicaragua, and possibly Guatemala. Iran has made many investments in those countries, though a lot less than what they've actually promised. Guatemala would be a key visit as they hold a temporary seat on the UN Security Council, and Iran may try to use relations there to avoid more sanctions from the United Nations.