Special: The United States is warning that it will destroy a potential Iranian long-range missile shipment delivered to the Maduro regime in Venezuela, a senior administration official told Fox News.
Elliott Abrams, the State Department’s special envoy for Iran and Venezuela, said the transfer of long-range missiles from Iran to Venezuela was not acceptable to the United States and would not be tolerated or approved.
A senior administration official added, “We will make every effort to stop the ship of long-range missiles, and if they somehow reach Venezuela, they will be wiped out from there.”
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Officials have not given any information that such a shipment is imminent. They simply claimed that Iran and Venezuela were potential partners for the arms deal.
“Iran has announced its intention to engage in arms sales, and Venezuela is a clear target because the two regime regimes are already in a relationship,” Abram said. “Venezuela pays in gold to buy gasoline from Iran, and there is an Iranian presence in the country. Venezuela’s economy is broken, so the people of Venezuela need thousands of dollars for food and medicine.”
Last week, the United Nations lifted its ban on the purchase and sale of conventional weapons in Iran. The Trump administration made a failed attempt to persuade the UN Security Council to extend the embargo.
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“Iran has sent missiles to Houthis, so we know they are ready, ready and able to send them to Venezuela and other potential buyers,” the administration official said. “Every delivery of Iranian weapons destabilizes South America and the Caribbean, and is particularly dangerous for Venezuela’s neighbors in Brazil, Colombia and Guyana.”