The Biden administration is warning Venezuela and Cuba to turn away Iranian ships believed to be carrying arms to Caracas, Venezuela, vowing to take “appropriate measures” to deter the “threat” to America and its allies in the West.
As the ships have traveled across the Atlantic Ocean, Caracas is leveraging the situation for relief from U.S. sanctions imposed by the Trump administration, officials told Politico.
U.S. intelligence has evidence one of the ships, the Makran, is carrying fast-attack boats for Venezuela, and satellite images in May showed seven such vessels loaded on to the Makran, according to intelligence and defense officials, Politico reported.
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Venezuela and Iran were reportedly working on an arms deal last summer during the Trump administration that including long-range missiles, and aides to former President Donald Trump warned Venezuela leader Nicolás Maduro against the provocative deal.
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