WASHINGTON, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- Bolivian President Evo Morales condemned the United States, accusing the country of perpetuating drug trafficking and of "economic terrorism."
Morales said the war on drugs is a geopolitical tactic used in the region against popular leaders to destabilize governments against the will of the country's people.
"They are not interested in ending drug trafficking, but with [ending] our farmers, our people," Morales said in an interview published by Mexican newspaper La Jornada.
Morales said the U.S. labeled him as the "Andean Bin Laden" and accused him of drug trafficking and terrorism.
"Drug trafficking seems like the big business of the capitalist system," Morales said. "[The U.S.] is a very developed country, with a lot of technology and the one who consumes the most drugs."
Morales said the U.S. ignores its own political aggression and warned that Latin America no longer part of the country's imperialist disposition.
He also criticized sanctions the U.S. put on Venezuela and Russia, claiming hypocrisy and stating that countries are punishing Venezuela for defending itself and that he had "respect and admiration for President Putin."
Bolivia has been in a dispute with the U.S. since 2006 about cultivation of the coca plant, which is used by indigenous populations of Bolivia but is also the main ingredient in cocaine.
The Bolivian president said unity is necessary for the future of Latin America.
"We do not want intervention or blackmail," Morales said. "I hope President Barack Obama [makes] no mistake."