Venezuela Rejects New US Sanctions Against Iranian Tanker Captains

This Wednesday, the Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister, Jorge Arreaza, denounced the United States government for, in an exuberant show of arrogance, sanctioning the captains of the 5 Iranian tankers that transported gasoline to Venezuela.

“In an exuberant show of arrogance, @SecPompeo announces sanctions against the captains of the 5 Iranian tankers that transported gasoline to Venezuela. Further evidence of the hatred of Trump’s hawks for Venezuelans, beyond their political positions. More evidence for the International Criminal Court,” reads the chancellor’s tweet.

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After the arrival of the Iranian tankers, the US administration has launched a battery of new sanctions agains individuals, companies and ships trying to circunvent the illegal US sanctions aiming at starving Venezuelans under the excuse of pushing President Nicolas Maduro out of office.

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the government of President Donald Trump will impose sanctions on five ship captains for bringing fuel to Venezuela, and affirmed that Washington will continue to support the self-proclaimed Juan Guaidó. This happened after President Trump’s statement to the news website Axios that he is willing to meet with Maduro and criticizing deputy Juan Guaido.

It is important to remember that last May, Iran sent five ships loaded with 1.53 million barrels of gasoline and additives to Venezuela, to alleviate the great fuel shortage the country suffers from the coercive measures imposed by the United States that affected millions of Venezuelans for several months.

Featured image: Venezuelan chancellor Jorge Arreaza. File photo.

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