First Iranian Oil Tanker Reaches Venezuela to Assist Maduro

Iranian oil is arriving in Venezuela to help president Maduro get the country moving again.   Photo: sputniknews.com

HAVANA TIMES – The first of five Iranian oil tankers headed to Venezuela has arrived, Iranian officials confirmed early Sunday, amid tension over the possibility the United States could attempt to halt the deliveries, reported dpa news.

“The first Iranian tanker has reached Venezuela’s coasts. Thanks to the [Venezuelan] Bolivarian armed forces for escorting them,” the Iranian embassy in Venezuela tweeted.

Iranian President Hassan Rowhani had on Saturday warned the United States against launching attacks on the country’s oil tankers as they pass through the Caribbean Sea on their way to Venezuela.

“If the Americans cause problems for our oil tankers in the Caribbean Sea, we will also cause problems for them,” Rowhani said in a telephone call with Qatar’s Emir, Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani.

Rowhani stressed that Iran does not want a new conflict with the US, but that the country would reserve the right to defend its interests.

“We therefore hope that the Americans will not make a mistake in this regard,” said the president, according to comments published on his office’s web portal.

The warning comes in the midst of a spat about Iranian fuel shipments to Venezuela. Five Iranian oil tankers are currently on course to Venezuela and are due arrive in late May or early June.

The US has imposed tough economic sanctions on both Iran and Venezuela and could decide to send its navy to prevent the tankers reaching their destination.

In a letter to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres earlier this week, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif warned that any US attack would be “illegal and a form of piracy.”

Iran has had close ties to Venezuela for many years.

 


13 thoughts on “First Iranian Oil Tanker Reaches Venezuela to Assist Maduro

  • do not fool us. that tanker does not have a drop of cargo aboard. give us some real news.

  • Your second sentence is revealing Bob. How should the US have prevented “it’s perceived world position degrade” when under constant criticism by others? if it was a totalitarian state like Cuba, I guess it could try by using censorship, but where there is freedom of speech, it is defenseless, is it not? That is the problem for democracy!

  • I find it tragic that we have evolved to the point where some people actually believe the US might use military power to stop foreign commercial vessels in international waters. Shame on the US for letting it’s perceived world position degrade to the point that some would consider this possible. Shame of those holding those views because of their lack of knowledge of political reality and history.

    The closest the US ever came to this was less than a month during the 1962 missile crisis when the US Navy did stop ships just outside Cuban waters to insure they were carrying no more Soviet nuclear missiles. All ships were then allowed to enter Cuba. A far cry from an Iranian oil tanker destined to Venezuela.

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