ICBPS MORNING BRIEF: Iranian Fuel Tanker Reaches Venezuelan Water
ICBPS Morning Brief– An Iranian tanker carrying fuel has allegedly reached Venezuelan waters amid escalating tensions between Washington and the two U.S.-sanctioned countries.
The Forest tanker is one of the three vessels carrying Iranian oil to Venezuela.
The tanker was spotted off the northern Venezuelan coast in Soosereh State, according to El Nacional.
“The whereabouts of other two tankers are still unknown,” reported the state-run Venezuelan newspaper.
The tankers are expected to reach the country’s northern oil facilities and El Palito Refinery, in Puerto Cabello in northern Carabobo state.
The rich-oil south American country faces a drastic shortage of petroleum products due to its frazzle and out-dated facilities.
“Iranian gasoline shipments to Venezuela are made in exchange for gold bars,” said IRGC Maj. Gen Yahya Rahim Safavi.
“We gave Venezuela gasoline and received gold bars, and we took the bars to Iran by plane, to avoid setbacks along the way,” El Nacional quoted the IRGC commander-in-chief.
“We help the Maduro regime to form a mobilization force to prepare to fight the United States,” Radio Farda quoted the IRGC top general.
The U.S. has recently beefed up its naval presence in the Caribbean for what it said was an expanded anti-drug operation.
“Venezuela has had no revenue from its oil industry since October 2019,” said the country’s speaker of parliament.
During the reign of Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela has faced a severe economic crisis, which, in addition to the bankruptcy of the oil industry, has led the country to a sharp devaluation of its national currency and rampant inflation.
According to the U.N. census, about five million people have fled the country in recent years due to economic difficulties, food and medicine shortages.
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