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The Venezuela–Iran Axis of Unity And Resistance Stands The Test of Time

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The Venezuela–Iran Axis of Unity And Resistance Stands The Test of Time

‘Fortune’, the last of the five Iranian tankers to arrive, at port in Venezuela

Yesterday (Monday 8 May) Iran’s Supreme Leader Imam Sayyid Ali Khamenei praised the crews responsible for carrying the shipments of processed fuel and precursor chemicals to supply the oil refineries in Venezuela notwithstanding the US threats to prevent the shipments, writing via Twitter:

To the Iranian oil tankers’ crew that sailed to #Venezuela: In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful May God give strength to you dear ones, the Captains and staff. You did a great job. It was Jihad & brought honor to the country. May you be successful, God willing. LINK

Probably a decisive factor in Trump’s decision not to attempt an interception by force majeure was Iran’s missile attack on the US base in Iraq in response to the January assassination of Iranian Major General Qasem Soleimani. It appears that lesson has been learnt, for the moment at least.

While the arrival of the five Iranian tankers to Venezuela was a major morale booster for both countries and a humiliation for the US Establishment, the US shows no indication of relenting and is seeking other, less risky means to break the ability if not the will of the two defiant countries. It proceeded to expropriate and ransack Venezuela’s multi-billion dollar investment in the US (Citgo), through a fraudulent judicial procedure.

Shortly after the fuel shipments arrived the US announced it was sanctioning maritime companies that shipped Venezuelan crude last year. And yesterday (8 June), US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) and its Shanghai-based subsidiary, E-Sail Shipping Company, “have come into effect,” 180 days after the restrictive measures were first announced under the claim of Tehran’s support for proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

The efforts to achieve by economic blackmail and sabotage what the US has been unable to achieve through brute force promises to inflict further suffering on the people of both nations: the objective is as simple as it is ruthless and cruel, ‘make the economy scream’ (as Kissinger commented in the early 1970s as he plotted to destroy the government of Salvador Allende in Chile). Or, as applied against Iraq during the 1990s.

As Madeleine Albright stated, ‘the price (hundreds of thousands of children dying from malnutrition) is worth it.’ LINK

The US, indeed most of the ‘international community’ for that matter, still thinks the price is worth it in Yemen too, as they continue to impose sanctions and support a land, sea and air blockade against the country waged by two countries that are as far away from democracy, human rights and the rule of law as any on the planet (Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates), in order to reinstall a former president who was never elected by the people of Yemen in the first place.

The official greeting extended by the crew of the Venezuelan navy vessel sent to escort the first Iranian tanker to arrive, will resonate with many people in both regions (the Middle East and Latin America) for a long time to come:

In accordance with maritime law, international law, and naval agreements, and as a gesture of friendship, we will accompany you under the protection of our escort to your destination port.

Venezuela and Iran continue to be points of reference for revolutionary processes in Latin America and the world. We are sure that with the cooperation and solidarity of the Iranian people we will advance together to guarantee the full freedom and happiness of our sister nations.

The latest dangerous stand-off between the US and the Iran-Venezuela Axis of Unity and Resistance, and the latters’ success, was not a haphazard occurrence. It follows a steadfast course of building relations and consolidating economic, military, diplomatic and cultural ties and bilateral projects over two decades.

Trade between Venezuela and Iran grew rapidly under Nicolas Maduro’s predecessor, Hugo Chavez, growing from just $1.5 million in the first years of the 21st century to over $20 billion between 2002 and 2007. Beyond trade, the Bolivarian government has considered Iran as a key geopolitical ally against a common adversary, particularly following the failed US-backed military coup attempt in Venezuela in 2002, forging a large number of agreements and ventures. LINK

Following the election of President Ahmadinejad in 2005, the relations between Caracas and Tehran deepened as both countries became the subject of intense pressure and criticism and threats from the US. At the Non-Aligned Movement Summit in Cuba in 2006, Chavez claimed that he would defend Iran from any threat of invasion. Not long after, Ahmadinejad publicly stated that he would back Venezuela’s bid for a seat on the United Nations Security Council. In 2007, the two leaders claimed that they were strengthening an “axis of unity” against the United States.

The Venezuela–Iran Axis of Unity And Resistance Stands The Test of Time

Chavez and Ahmadinejad in 2012.

Another factor that reinforces their diplomatic, economic and cultural bonds is that both countries have turned to Russia and China for their military defence as well as for consolidating their programs of economic and industrial development and diversification, drawing Iran and Venezuela even closer together under a common defence umbrella. In July 2008, Chavez visited Russia to finalize the purchase of military equipment, including Tor-M1 air-defence systems, diesel submarines, and Ilyushin warplanes. He followed with a similar visit to China to negotiate bilateral relations agreements and, reportedly, to offer to buy Chinese K-8 military training planes. The deepening of relations with Russia and China has undoubtedly been crucial to their ability to withstand the US pressure, sanctions and other attacks.

As of August 2014, Venezuela and Iran had signed 265 agreements deriving from 58 projects in the industrial, environmental, agricultural, commercial, educational, sports, housing, cultural, energy and scientific and technology areas. Although not all of the projects have been commercial successes, they have provided invaluable experience and strengthened both countries skill base and industrial capacity.

Iran has helped build platforms in a $4bn development of Orinoco delta oil deposits and petrochemical plants in exchange for reciprocal Venezuelan investments.

Other forms of bilateral cooperation include major construction and infrastructure projects, including housing, roads, dams and in transport.

In 2004Iran concluded an agreement on a $15 million investment with Venezuela to operate a tractor assembling plant in the region of Guayana. The factory was inaugurated the following year. The project reactivated a tractor assembling plant in Ciudad Bolívar, with capacity to assemble around 4,000 tractors per year.

The firm Iran Tractor Manufacturing Company (Itmco) controls 51% of the project, while the State owned Venezuelan Corporation of Guayana controls the rest. The Iranians supplies most of the parts of the engine and Venezuela supplies the electrical parts.

In 2007 the joint car company Venirauto released its first 300 units at an event in Caracas. The factory is located west of Caracas in Maracay.

In 2012 Venezuela announced that it was collaborating with Iran to develop and produce a fleet of surveillance drones to patrol the country’s borders. The Arpia-001 drones are based on Iran’s Mohajer series drones.

In a televised speech to military officers at Venezuela’s Defence Ministry during the plant’s inauguration, Chavez said the aircraft only carries surveillance cameras and was exclusively for defensive purposes, primarily for the conduct of surveillance patrols along Venezuela’s borders.

The drone is 13 feet (4 meters) by 8 feet (2.5 meters), could fly as high as 10,000 feet (3,000 meters) and for as long as 90 minutes. Venezuela has produced three of them, he said.

“We are doing this with the help of different countries including China, Russia, Iran, and other allied countries,” he added, apparently referring both to drone construction and to other projects including a munitions and weapons factory.

Although the battle is far from over, the two countries continue to withstand the US’ attempts to overthrow the countries’ independent leadership and install regimes that will obey and serve the modern-day Empire’s orders without pause or question. Their carefully constructed relationship of mutual support and assistance remains fundamental to their future success.

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Zionism = EVIL

This great time tested friendship between two revolutionary anti-imperialist independent nations is a testament to Dr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s vision and close ties with Hugo Chavez. Iran stood up to Americunt losers and also a great tribute to the patriotic Venezuelan people and their great Bolivarian armed forces that called the Americunt thugs bluff. Iranian experts have brought Venezuelan oil industry back to normal now as President Maduro sincerely thanked Iran, Russia, China and Cuba yesterday for their solidarity.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhSCzJgkE8c

Garga

A smart person wouldn’t put all his eggs into one basket, they say.
A smart man knows when to stop, they say.

Not in the case of Rohani administration. They ruined or threw monkey wrench into good relations we had with a lot of countries that were not belonged to the collective west. They are the reason a lot of bi-lateral projects stopped so western countries become pleased and invest in Iran. They had high hopes for European companies and put all our eggs there.

Well, that didn’t work and it’s not going to work in the future, so how about stop doing what you did for the last several years and start doing something useful? Speaking about definition of insanity.

They either genuinely think that economy is west and west is economy so they are idiots, or, they know it’s not true but act like it is, so they are traitors.

Apparently, those 5 tankers and their cargo had nothing to do with the ministry of oil and our “beloved” oil minister (what do you call an oil minister who resists building refineries and insists on imports of fuel to his oil-rich but under-sanctions country?) and president. They wouldn’t do it (like they closed a lot of Iran-Venezuela projects) but are ready to take credit for it!

Rohani did the impossible. He made Ahmadinejad like a good choice!
I, like many others, gave them the benefit of the doubt. Not anymore, just counting the days until his term is finished, or by a miracle we wake up one day and he is no longer the president!

PS. I know, I know. Many love Ahmadinejad for his stand against Zionism and calling for investigation into the events of 2nd world war but he made a lot of bad decisions internally. Let’s simply say you didn’t live here so how about listening to someone with experience about the subject? If we survived 8 years of him (looked like 8 very bad years) and 8 years of Rohani (looks like 30 very awful years), we can survive anything for another 8 thousand years.

Zionism = EVIL

Actually Mottaki was underrated as an FM, he was far more effective than this tweeting clown Zarif.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQk4KSqHy9I

Garga

Zarif is the only one in the cabinet I still somehow not dislike.

The way A.N fired Mottaki was petty, shameful and even worse than Trump firing Tillerson. Mottaki was in Senegal and heard he is no longer the FM from his host, naturally the Senegalese president took and insult and called his ambassador from Tehran.

Tommy Jensen

He is talking too slow and nonsense without content in this interview.
Sorry but Ahmadinejad and Zarif appear more professionals to me.

Free man

” Thank god we still have Ayatollah Khamenei.” – You guys never learn.
Who chose Ahmadinejad and Rohani from the outset ?

Tommy Jensen

Rouhani was agreed with Iran in a usury loan deal with EU/Obama on condition Ahmadinejad was kicked out.

Tommy Jensen

Its because Rouhani was negotiated and the choice of Europe on the condition Ahmadinejad was kicked out.
But US/Trump is in the way for realization of this deal under Obama/EU.

Tommy Jensen

Our US/Nato Inherent Resolve Freedom 70 countries Coalition for Peace also stand ITS test of time, as we have been going successfully from one success to another during the last 20 years.

El Mashi

Nothing will boost the moral of Iran and Venezuela than the self-inflicted collapse of the United States. All that Venezuela and Iran or for that matter, any country in the US hit list, is to be militarily prepared for a US or mercenary or vassal invasion. The military moral of the Axis-of-Resistance is high; whereas, the US military, after perpetual war doctrine, is very low.

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