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Thu Jun 10, 2021, 01:30 PM

U.S. warns Venezuela, Cuba to turn away Iranian ships believed to be carrying arms

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The Biden administration is urging Venezuela and Cuba to turn away two Iranian warships believed to be carrying arms intended for transfer to Caracas, while vowing that the U.S. will take “appropriate measures” to deter what it sees as a “threat” to America’s partners in the Western Hemisphere.

The warnings — some public and some private, according to three people briefed on the situation — come as the vessels have traveled a significant distance across the Atlantic Ocean. A senior Biden administration official said the ships are thought to be carrying weapons to fulfill a deal that Iran and Venezuela made a year ago, noting that it was during the administration of former President Donald Trump.

The official did not specify the types of weapons involved, but last summer there were reports that Venezuela was considering purchasing missiles from Iran, including long-range ones, and aides to Trump repeatedly warned Venezuelan leader Nicolás Maduro against such a move.

The intelligence community, meanwhile, has evidence that one of the ships, the Makran, is carrying fast-attack boats, likely intended for sale to Venezuela, according to a defense official and another person familiar with the intelligence.


Defense Secretary ‘concerned’ about Iranian ships transferring arms to Venezuela

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told lawmakers on Thursday that he shared their concerns about Iranian Navy ships currently steaming across the Atlantic and possibly transferring weapons to Venezuela, marking the first time the Pentagon chief has spoken publicly about the ships’ movement.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), speaking during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, said allowing the ships to dock would be “significant” on many levels, including that it would mark the first time Iranian naval vessels had completed the arduous journey across the Atlantic.

“The precedent of allowing Iran to provide weapons to the region causes me great concern,” he said.

Austin said he shares Blumenthal’s concerns, adding that "I am absolutely concerned about the proliferation of weapons, any type of weapons, in our neighborhood.”


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Thu Jun 10, 2021, 01:47 PM

1. Why would ships bound for Venezuela stop in Cuba?

Lift the Cuban embargo.

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