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Venezuela’s PDVSA prepares to boost oil blending, imports Iranian diluents

An Iranian oil tanker transports crude oil to export markets in the Gulf, Iran. (Getty) September 15, 2020 Venezuela’s state-run PDVSA is preparing to recover a portion of the oil output lost in recent months by boosting crude blending operations at its main producing region, the Orinoco Belt, according to sources and a [...]

By |September 15th, 2020|Latin America, Venezuela|

Venezuela gasoline queues grow as Iranian tankers take long route

Iranian oil tanker Fortune is anchored at the dock of the El Palito refinery near Puerto Cabello, Venezuela, May 25, 2020. (AP) September 10, 2020 Angry Venezuelans are once again stuck in long service station lines due to rationing by President Nicolas Maduro's government, which is awaiting fuel tankers on their way from [...]

By |September 10th, 2020|Latin America, Venezuela|

Venezuelan gas lines surge as Iranian tankers go undercover

A worker of the Venezuelan state oil company Pdvsa holds an Iranian flag during the arrival of the Iranian tanker ship Fortune at the El Palito refinery in Puerto Cabello, Venezuela, on May 25, 2020. (Reuters) September 09, 2020 Gasoline shortages have returned to Venezuela, sparking mile-long lines in the capital as international [...]

By |September 9th, 2020|Latin America, North America, USA, Venezuela|

Iranian fuel seized by U.S. to reach Texas within days

Iranian Revolutionary Guards drive a speedboat in front of an oil tanker at the port of Bandar Abbas on July 2, 2012. (AFP) September 09, 2020 Iranian fuel bound for Venezuela that the United States seized last month is now being taken to Texas by two tankers due to arrive in coming days, [...]

By |September 9th, 2020|Latin America, North America, USA, Venezuela|

Iran and Venezuela’s strategic challenge to sanctions

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro (R) meets with Iran's President Hassan Rouhani in Margarita Island, Venezuela, on Sept. 16, 2016. (Xinhua) By Joseph Humire September 02, 2020 In any other year, the recent claim by Colombian President Ivan Duque that Venezuela is actively looking to acquire medium- to long-range missiles from Iran, the world’s leading state sponsor [...]

By |September 2nd, 2020|Latin America, North America, USA, Venezuela|

Detained Colombia businessman was negotiating with Iran for Venezuela, lawyers say

Colombian businessman Alex Saab, who remains in a Cape Verde jail as he fights extradition to the United States, has denied the charges. (Screenshot) August 28, 2020 A Colombian businessman detained in Cape Verde in June was on a mission to Iran as a special envoy of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to negotiate [...]

By |August 28th, 2020|Latin America, Venezuela|

Iranian vessel loads with Venezuelan alumina, amid closer ties

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro attends the opening ceremony of a container terminal at the port in La Guaira, Venezuela April 28, 2017. (REUTERS) By Maria Ramirez, Luc Cohen August 27, 2020 An Iranian-flagged vessel loaded a cargo of alumina in Venezuela this month after delivering supplies for an Iranian supermarket in the South American [...]

By |August 27th, 2020|Latin America, Venezuela|

Iran complains to International Maritime Organization about seizure of fuel tankers

The US seized four vessels carrying gasoline from Iran to Venezuela following federal prosecutors’ calls in July for the tankers to be seized.. (Reuters) August 26, 2020 The Deputy Head of Iran's Ports and Maritime Organization (IPMO), Jalil Eslami, said on Wednesday that the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has promised to investigate the seizure [...]

By |August 26th, 2020|Latin America, North America, USA, Venezuela|

Iran evasive on fuel seizure by US to avoid escalation

Iranian vessels (right) is seen in international waters crossing the Gibraltar stretch on May 20. (AFP) August 24, 2020 Last May, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani threatened that there would be a proportionate response to any U.S. attempt to block shipments of Iranian oil to Venezuela. “We will act in reciprocation,” he said. The Middle [...]

By |August 24th, 2020|Latin America, North America, USA, Venezuela|

Venezuela’s Maduro thanks Iran for helping oil industry overcome U.S. sanctions

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro. (AP) August 24, 2020 Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Sunday thanked ally Iran for helping the South American country overcome U.S. sanctions on its oil industry and floated the idea of purchasing missiles from the country. Washington maintains strict sanctions against Iran’s oil industry to try to halt the [...]

By |August 24th, 2020|Latin America, Venezuela|