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Sixth Iranian tanker is en route to Venezuela despite US warnings

PortandTerminal.com, June 20, 2020

Iran appears to have dispatched another ship to Venezuela despite Washington’s threats against both nations, according to reports.

BEIRUT, LEBANON – Another Iranian cargo ship is en route to Venezuela, as the country continues to defy the U.S.’ warnings about trading with the South American nation.

According to the Washington Post, the Iranian Golsan (IMO: 9165815) general cargo ship is en route to Venezuela and is expected to dock on Sunday or Monday. The vessel is reportedly carrying fuel and spare parts needed to repair Venezuelan oil refineries.

Iran has ignored repeated American warnings to cease all trade with Venezuela. “Iran practises its free trade rights with Venezuela and we are ready to send more ships if Caracas demands more supplies from Iran,” said Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi at the beginning of June.

Iran sent a flotilla of five tankers of fuel to gasoline-starved ally Venezuela in May, and Tehran has said it will continue the shipments if Caracas requests more, despite Washington’s criticism of the trade between the two nations, which are both under U.S. sanctions.

An Iranian news agency close to the elite Revolutionary Guards said last Saturday that Iran’s naval forces were preparing to target U.S. commercial vessels in the Gulf last month in case U.S. forces interfered with Venezuela-bound Iranian oil tankers.

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