Washington has sanctioned Wednesday the captains of the five oil tankers iranian refuelled Venezuela, while the United States are mounting pressure on the president of venezuela, Nicolas Maduro.
“The sailors who trade with Iran and Venezuela will have to face the consequences that entails vis-à-vis the United States,” said secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
“The assets of these captains will be blocked. Their careers and outlook (professional) will suffer “, he added, announcing their placement on the black list of the u.s. Treasury.
Five oil sent by Iran to Venezuela, where fuel shortages have worsened with the pandemic coronavirus, have sent some 1.5 million barrels of fuel.
The head of the diplomacy of venezuela Jorge Arreaza has responded on Twitter that these reprisals were ” evidence of the hatred of the hawks (Donald) Trump against Venezuela “.
Washington, which described the socialist president Nicolas Maduro of “dictator” and wants his fall, has imposed sanctions on exports of crude from Venezuela and Iran, as well as against numerous government and military officials of the two countries.
Venezuela has the largest oil reserves in the world, but its production is in free fall. Caracas estimates that the u.s. sanctions are responsible for this collapse. Experts attribute it to wrong-headed policies, lack of investment and corruption.
Iran has expressed many times his support for Maduro, which is also supported by Russia, China, Turkey and Cuba. The close relations between Caracas and Tehran date back to the time of president Hugo Chavez (1999-2013), the mentor and predecessor of Nicolas Maduro.