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US Announces Sanctions Against Iranian Captains That Shipped Fuel To Venezuela

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US Announces Sanctions Against Iranian Captains That Shipped Fuel To Venezuela

The US naval force sent to menace Iranian fuel shipments to Venezuela in May

The United States on Wednesday imposed sanctions on five Iranian ship captains who delivered oil to Venezuela. At a press conference announcing the decision, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also reiterated Washington’s backing for Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido.

Pompeo said the ships involved had delivered about 1.5 million barrels of Iranian gasoline and related components, and warned mariners against doing business with the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, whose ouster Washington seeks.

Pompeo claimed that:

“As a result of today’s sanctions, these captains’ assets will be blocked. Their careers and prospects will suffer from this designation.

We will continue to support the National Assembly, interim President Guaido, and the Venezuelan people in their quest to restore democracy.”

The Trump administration is seeking to block Iran’s oil and fuel exports and also to bring down Venezualan President Nicolas Maduro. It has threatened more reprisals and warned ports, shipping companies and insurers against participating in any transactions between the two countries.

Venezuela’s oil exports are near their lowest levels in more than 70 years and its economy has been devastated by several years of increasingly stringent unilateral sanctions imposed by successive US administrations.

Yet Maduro has remained in power and still has a solid level of support among Venezuelan people, as well as among the military which the US has repeatedly urged to overthrow the government in a military coup. Venezuela also enjoys the support of Russia, Cuba, China and Iran in particular.

The US’ inability to overthrow the Venezuela government has pushed the frustrated Trump administration to ever more extreme and at times reckless actions, such as when he made vague threats suggesting the US was considering intercepting the fuel shipments by force as they were underway in May. The threatening statements were made after a large US naval force had been deployed in the waters of the Atlantic between Venezuela and Iran.

In a statement on Twitter, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza called the sanctions “an excess of arrogance” and “more proof of the Trump hawks’ hatred of all Venezuelans”.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi wrote in a tweet that Washington’s action signalled the failure of its pressure campaign and said Iran and Venezuela “remain steadfast in countering unlawful American sanctions.”

In an interview with news site Axios published on Sunday, Trump played down his January 2019 decision to recognize Guaido, former speaker of the opposition-held National Assembly, as rightful leader.

The United States and most other Western countries have recognized Guaido as Venezuela’s interim president since January 2019, in blatant contravention of Venezuelan, US and international laws and norms.

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Zionism = EVIL

LOL, another Iran ship loaded with food, supplies and engineers has just docked in Venezuela. The dumbass Americunts also just lost a vote in the UN and failed to impose an illegal arms embargo. The Chinese simply told them that it would be VETOED. The other IAEA idiotic resolution was double vetoed.

Russia and China voted against it, while seven countries — Azerbaijan,
Pakistan, India, Mongolia, South Africa, Thailand, and Niger —
abstained.

Superfly

Even US puppets now abstain.

Séamus Ó Néill

The psychopathic bully is in desperation mode, they can’t win their criminal genocidal wars, their illegal and barbaric sanctiions are having the opposite effect and showing haw base and depraved the US really is. I see war crimes tribunals being set up….and very few western politicians escaping !

Superfly

US is not respected globally and most countries even their vassals hate it.

Brian Robson

This reveals the policy of the Zionist golem.

They will simply put sanctions on every Iranian captain until they can threaten anyone who lets an Iranian ship dock.

But they aren’t targeting the Iranian people because the ‘American’ government are slaves of the genocidal Jews, guys! No, that definitely is not obviously the case.

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