ILLUSTRATION. Illustration of Iranian tanker. REUTERS / Jon Nazca
Reporter: Barratut Taqiyyah Rafie | Editor: Barratut Taqiyyah Rafie
KONTAN.CO.ID – TEHERAN. The relationship between the United States and Iran is sure to heat up. This time, the focus was on Iran’s move to send more tankers to Venezuela in what he called legal trade between the two countries.
Launch Jerusalem PostThis is a challenge for the United States so that it will no longer fail to prevent fuel shipments from Iran to Caracas. Now Iran is testing the waves again. Tehran knows, US prosecutors have tried to confiscate fuel shipments of four Iranian tankers heading to Venezuela.
The latest crisis erupted in May when five Tehran tankers sailed to Venezuela from the port of Shaheed Rajaee in Iran. According to Iranian media reports, these tankers were loaded in March with 42 million liters (1.5 million barrels) of gasoline.
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Both Iran and Venezuela have a bad economy. Venezuela enjoys support from Russia and Turkey in its efforts to get out of US isolation sanctions.
Iranian media said the US had failed in the past to overthrow President Nicolas Maduro’s regime in Venezuela. Iran is now closely following the efforts of US federal prosecutors to prevent the shipment of oil tankers. Iran said the four tankers traveled under the Liberian flag, a common flag for international shipping.
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The US Treasury is targeting the captains of tankers who sailed earlier to be sanctioned.
The US seems to be trying to seize the contents of the four tankers currently on their way to Venezuela. The Associated Press reported that the US had filed a civil complaint through the Columbia District District Court stating that a businessman interceded for the shipment of goods belonging to the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) organization. According to the US list, IRGC is included in terrorist organizations.