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|

Venezuela looking to buy Iranian missiles: Colombian president says

An Iranian Shahab-3 missile launched during military exercises outside the city of Qom, Iran, in June 2011. (AP/ISNA) August 21, 2020 Colombian President Ivan Duque said on Thursday that Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s administration is looking to buy Iranian missiles and is handing over weapons made in Russia and Belarus to Colombian armed [...]

By |August 21st, 2020|Latin America, Venezuela|

Exile group urges US to route proceeds from Iran’s confiscated fuel to workers on strike in Iran

The Iranian oil tanker Fortune is anchored at the dock of El Palito refinery near Puerto Cabello, Venezuela, May 25, 2020. (EPA-EFE) August 20, 2020 Iranian Revival, a pro-monarchy political action group also known as Farashgard, is urging United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to donate the proceeds from the sale of [...]

By |August 20th, 2020|Latin America, North America, USA, Venezuela|

U.S. seizes Iranian gas heading for Venezuela

Iranian oil tanker Fortune is anchored at the dock of the El Palito refinery near Puerto Cabello, Venezuela, May 25, 2020. (AP) August 14, 2020 The Trump administration has seized the cargo of four tankers it was targeting for transporting Iranian fuel to Venezuela, U.S. officials said Thursday, as it steps up its [...]

By |August 14th, 2020|Latin America, Venezuela|

US frowns upon Iranian supermarket in Venezuela’s capital

A sign for the first Iranian supermarket that is set to open its doors in Latin America stands near a poor neighborhood in Caracas, Venezuela, July 29, 2020. (AP) July 31, 2020 U.S. officials frowned upon the opening of an Iranian supermarket in Venezuela’s capital, saying Thursday that any presence of Iran in [...]

By |July 31st, 2020|Latin America, Venezuela|

Iranian military-owned company opens supermarket in Venezuela

Residents help to unload boxes of basic food staples provided by a government food assistance program, in Caracas, Venezuela, April 30, 2020. (AP) July 7, 2020 A conglomerate owned by the Iranian military and tied to Iran’s missile program has established a retail foothold in Venezuela, according to a report by the Wall [...]

By |July 7th, 2020|Latin America, Venezuela|