Trump threatens to destroy any Iranian missiles shipped to Venezuela after President Maduro announced plan to buy more weapons after UN arms embargo expired
- ‘The transfer of long-range missiles from Iran to Venezuela is not acceptable and will not be tolerated or permitted,’ State Department Special Rep. said
- A UN embargo on Iran buying and selling arms expired last week after the Trump admin failed to get it extended
- Last week Venezuela President Nicholas Maduro announced the creation of a Scientific and Technological Military Council
- The council will seek the independence of the country in terms of its weapons system with the help of ‘sister’ nations, including China, Russia, Iran and Cuba
- Maduro also told the armed national forced to stand by as he claimed they expected attacks from Colombia
- ‘Every delivery of Iranian arms destabilizes South America and the Caribbean,’ the State Department Special Representative for Iran and Venezuela said
The United States has threatened to destroy any long-range missiles sent to Venezuela from Iran, after a UN embargo on Iran buying or selling weapons expired last week.
The warning comes a few days after Venezuela President Nicholas Maduro announced the creation of a Scientific and Technological Military Council that will seek the independence of the country in terms of its weapons system with the help of ‘sister’ nations, among which he mentioned China, Russia, Iran and Cuba.
There’s no confirmation that a shipment is imminent however a US official said the countries are likely to do arms deals.
‘The transfer of long-range missiles from Iran to Venezuela is not acceptable and will not be tolerated or permitted.’ Elliot Abrams, State Department Special Representative for both countries, told Fox News.
The United States has threatened to destroy any long-range missiles sent to Venezuela from Iran. President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro is pictured on September 30
Iranian missile is fired on October 21. Media reported that the Iranian armed forces launched military air defense exercises to test ‘local’ systems
1962 CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS
On October 27, 1962, JFK avoided nuclear war when he struck a deal that brought the Cuban Missile Crisis to an end the following day.
The rocky relationship between Cuba and America worsened in 1961 with the CIA’s failed Bay of Pigs invasion to overthrow the increasingly communist government of Fidel Castro.
This failure strengthened Castro’s position as leader and Cuba’s relationship with the Soviet Union, which agreed to respond to the invasion – and America’s ballistic missile deployment in Italy and Turkey – by placing Russian nuclear missiles in Cuba to deter any future invasion.
American U-2 spy planes gathered the intelligence on a map, which is timed and dated noon, October 27, 1962.
That day a Soviet anti-air missile shot down a U-2 plane that was on a photo reconnaissance mission over Cuba and in the afternoon two US destroyers dropped depth charges on a Soviet submarine.
JFK’s EXCOMM (Executive Committee of the National Security Council) met three times that day and the joint Chiefs of Staff pushed for an air strike on the targets on this map, but Kennedy decided to delay the attack and luckily the situation changed overnight.
Secret negotiations between Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev and JFK and between his brother Robert Kennedy, the Attorney General, and Soviet ambassador Anatoly Dobrynin led to a deal.
The Soviets agreed to withdraw their missiles in return for America pledging not to invade Cuba. The US also secretly promised to remove obsolete missiles from Turkey.
‘We will make every effort to stop shipments of long-range missiles, and if somehow they get to Venezuela they will be eliminated there.’
It bears similarities to 1962 when President John F. Kennedy blockaded Cuba to stop the Soviet Union from shipping missiles there.
The Trump admin recently tried to convince the UN Security Council to extend an embargo on Iran trading arms but was unsuccessful.
Last week Maduro bragged that his military council would have the ‘greatest minds’ and that other countries around the world would be impressed.
Senior administration official, Abrams, continued: ‘Iran has announced its intention to engage in arms sales, and Venezuela is an obvious target because those two pariah regimes already have a relationship.
‘Venezuela is paying in gold to buy gasoline from Iran, and there is an Iranian presence in the country. Venezuela’s economy has collapsed, so every bar of gold for Iran is tens of thousands of dollars the Venezuelan people need for food and medicine.’
Abrams said that a transfer of missiles would put countries near Venezuela at risk.
In an announcement last week Maduro Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) to stand by for expected attacks from Colombia and to be ready to defend the country’s border with Brazil and the Caribbean Sea.
Maduro has accused Colombian President Ivan Duque of training thousands of mercenaries in preparation to invade Venezuela.
‘Iran has shipped missiles to the Houthis, so we know they are ready, willing, and able to ship them to Venezuela and other possible buyers,’ Abrams continued.
‘Every delivery of Iranian arms destabilizes South America and the Caribbean, and is especially dangerous to Venezuela’s neighbors in Brazil, Colombia, and Guyana.’
Meanwhile, on Monday the US imposed fresh Iran-related sanctions targeting the Islamic Republic’s oil sector, including the Iranian Ministry of Petroleum.
The Treasury Department in a statement said it was slapping sanctions on key actors in Iran’s oil sector for supporting the Quds Force, the elite foreign paramilitary and espionage arm of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps blacklisted by the United States.
‘The transfer of long-range missiles from Iran to Venezuela is not acceptable and will not be tolerated or permitted.’ Elliot Abrams, State Department Special Representative for both countries, told Fox News
Last week Venezuela President Nicholas Maduro announced the creation of a Scientific and Technological Military Council that will seek the independence of the country in terms of its weapons system with the help of ‘sister’ nations, among which he mentioned China, Russia, Iran and Cuba
‘The regime in Iran uses the petroleum sector to fund the destabilizing activities of the IRGC-QF,’ Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in the statement.
Tensions between Washington and Tehran have soared since Trump unilaterally withdrew in 2018 from the Iran nuclear deal struck by his predecessor President Barack Obama and began reimposing US sanctions that had been eased under the accord.
The minister of petroleum, the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) and National Iranian Tanker Company were also blacklisted alongside other individuals and entities in Washington’s move on Monday, which freezes any US assets of those blacklisted and generally bars Americans from dealing with them.
The Treasury also imposed sanctions on Mahmoud Madanipour and United Arab Emirates-based Mobin International Limited, accusing them of entering into an agreement with Venezuelan state-owned Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) to ship gasoline obtained from NIOC to the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.