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:

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

  • May 25, 2020 at 1:15 am

    What reason does the US government have to retaliate? Or are you just spewing ignorance?

  • May 24, 2020 at 11:41 pm

    I note with both interest and a degree of amusement Curt your comment that the US ought not to have power in international waters.
    Would you apply the same restrictions to the Russian Federation and China? Similarly, do you condemn the Chinese endeavors to control the South China Sea – much to the irritation of Vietnam?

  • May 24, 2020 at 2:31 pm

    We should retaliate by SINKING all of those tankers when they are on their way home having discharged their oil !! .. !!

  • May 24, 2020 at 2:29 pm

    Excellent comments !! .. .. !!

  • May 24, 2020 at 2:28 pm

    Humanitarian Aid ??? .. ???

  • May 24, 2020 at 1:31 pm

    I’m glad the oil from Iran made it to Venezuela without US interference. The U.S shouldn’t have power in international waters. The sanctions only hurt the people, not the Venezuelan government. If the US does piracy in the high seas, I hope those affected countries would retaliate.

  • May 24, 2020 at 12:02 pm

    It is to be hoped that the tanker shown is not one of those taking oil from Iran to Venezuela – the plimsoll line indicates it being empty.

    There is in the UK (check with Nick) an old expression: “Taking coals to Newcastle”. That was the definition of the unnecessary, as the Newcastle area produced lots of coal. But, imagine taking oil from Iran to Venezuela which has the highest oil reserves in the world. Alice remains in Wonderland! That is confirmed in the pious hope that Maduro is capable of getting his Bolivarian paradise moving again.

    Rowhani obviously has his fingers crossed, actually hoping that the US will intervene.

  • May 24, 2020 at 10:14 am

    Lets hope this humanitarian aid- oil for Venezuela -does not become another flash point for hostilities.

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