Biggest Iranian flotilla en route to Venezuela with fuel, defying US sanctions

The last Iranian fuel shipments sent in early October on three vessels are running out. (AFP) December 7, 2020 Iran is sending its biggest fleet yet of tankers to Venezuela in defiance of US sanctions to help the isolated nation weather a crippling fuel shortage, according to people with knowledge of the matter. [...]

By |December 7th, 2020|Latin America, North America, USA, Venezuela|

Iran-Venezuela alliance serves Iranian shadowy intentions, top religious leader warns

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro (R) bumping elbows with Iran's FM Javad Zarif (L) at Miraflores Palace in Caracas, Nov 5, 2020. (AFP) November 25, 2020 A top religious leader in Venezuela is warning the public about Iran’s increasing presence in his country, calling the alliance between the two nations a “disaster” intended for “geopolitical [...]

By |November 25th, 2020|Latin America, Venezuela|

Phantom buyers in Russia, advice from Iran help Venezuela skirt sanctions

An Iranian oil vessel (right) is seen in international waters crossing the Gibraltar stretch on May 20. (AFP) By Marianna Parraga, Rinat Sagdiev and Parisa Hafezi November 10, 2020 On Aug. 21, a tanker called the Otoman docked at the Jose oil terminal on Venezuela’s coast in the Caribbean to load 1.82 million barrels [...]

By |November 10th, 2020|Latin America, North America, Russia, USA, Venezuela|

Is Iran sending weapons to Venezuela? And how is the U.S. responding?

Iranian missiles are loaded into launch position via a newly unveiled ballistic missile launch system in footage shared on November 4. (IRAN MILITARY) By Emanuele Ottolenghi November 10, 2020 Is Iran escalating tensions between Washington and Caracas by delivering advanced weapons systems to Venezuela? In August, Venezuelan strongman Nicolas Maduro said that buying Iranian missiles was [...]

By |November 10th, 2020|Latin America, North America, USA, Venezuela|

How the U.S. can prevent Iran from stationing ICBMs in Venezuela

Photo shows an Iranian "missile city" in an unknown location in Iran. January 14, 2020. (Tasnim) By Benjamin Weil November 6, 2020 Now that Election Day is behind us, the president will need to allocate more time towards addressing overseas developments. One such development is Iran's plan to smuggle ICBMs into Venezuela. Those missiles [...]

By |November 6th, 2020|Latin America, Venezuela|

Iran, Venezuela look to ‘deepen’ ties

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Caracas, July 20, 2019. (REUTERS) November 05, 2020 Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has arrived in Venezuela at the start of a Latin American tour that will also take him to Cuba and Bolivia. "Every high-level visit deepens our strategic [...]

By |November 5th, 2020|Latin America, Venezuela|

Iran foreign minister arrives in Venezuela to start Latin America tour

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif. (AP) November 04, 2020 Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has arrived in Venezuela for the start of a tour of Latin America, Venezuela’s foreign ministry said on Wednesday, amid intense efforts by Washington to limit Iran’s influence in the western hemisphere. Zarif is also scheduled to [...]

By |November 4th, 2020|Latin America, Venezuela|

Iran brands U.S. ‘pirates’ over seized Venezuela-bound oil

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh in Tehran, 5 October 2020. (Anadolu) October 30, 2020 Iran accused the United States on Friday of acting like the “Pirates of the Caribbean” after Washington said it had sold off Iranian crude oil shipments that it seized on their way to Venezuela. Washington said on Thursday [...]

By |October 30th, 2020|Latin America, North America, USA, Venezuela|

Trump admin to sell Iranian fuel meant for Venezuela, give proceeds to terror victims

Iranian oil tanker Fortune is anchored at the dock of the El Palito refinery near Puerto Cabello, Venezuela, May 25, 2020. (AP) October 30, 2020 The Trump administration plans to use proceeds from the sale of fuel confiscated from Iranian tankers to benefit victims of terrorism, officials announced Thursday. The US military in [...]

By |October 30th, 2020|Latin America, North America, USA, Venezuela|

US files complaint to forfeit Iranian missiles and sells previously-transferred Iranian petroleum

U.S. Department of Justice headquarters, August 12, 2006. (AP) October 29, 2020 The Justice Department today announced the filing of a complaint to forfeit two shipments of Iranian missiles that the U.S. Navy seized in transit from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to militant groups in Yemen, as well as the sale [...]

By |October 29th, 2020|Middle East, North America, USA, Venezuela|