May 31, 2020 06:40 UTC
  • US threatens to impose sanctions on countries aiding Iran and Venezuela

The administration of US President Donald Trump has threatened to impose sanctions on the countries assisting Iran and Venezuela to do fuel trade.

According to Press TV, Elliott Abrams, Washington’s Special Representative on Venezuela, said on Friday that Washington was issuing warnings to the governments of countries en route between Iran and Venezuela “to be sure everyone recognizes this would be a very dangerous transaction to assist.”

“We've alerted the shipping community around the world, ship owners, ship captains, ship insurers, and we've alerted ports along the way between Iran and Venezuela” not to give any services to Iranian vessels, Abrams revealed.

Venezuela is facing a shortage of fuel and other essential commodities due to US sanctions against the country.

A US official familiar with the matter said various countries had been asked to deny port services to Iranian vessels.

Despite the US-imposed sanctions on both countries, Iran has already made several fuel shipments to its South American ally Venezuela.

“I do not think that you will find ship owners and insurers and captains and crews willing to engage in these transactions in the future, “Abrams said.

Washington said this month that it had issued a global maritime advisory warning countries on how to avoid sanctions related to Iran, North Korea and Syria. 

Experts say the harsh US sanctions imposed on Iran were “illegal” and not authorized by the UN Security Council.

Trump has also threatened to begin a blockade on Venezuela.

Dan Kovalik, author and political commentator said Iran and Venezuela had the right to defend their nations against the harsh sanctions and get the much needed fuel and supplies to their people.

Iran and Venezuela have warned the US government against any use of US military force to stop the shipments of fuel.