The United States, on Friday, has confiscated the cargo of four tankers that were carrying Iranian fuel shipments to Venezuela, disrupting a multi-million deal meant to enrich Iran’s Revolutionary Gaurd Corps, a group designated by the US as terrorist group, in the largest-ever seizure of gas shipments from Iran, officials say.
This happened in violation of U.S.-imposed sanctions on the two countries, the Justice Department said in a news release.
The leader of Iran has been begging for relief from President Donald J. Trump’s sanctions, using the worldwide Pandemic as an excuse for relief. Trump has not relented.
In letter to counterparts @HassanRouhani informs how efforts to fight #COVID19 pandemic in Iran have been severely hampered by US sanctions, urging them to cease observing them: It is IMMORAL to let a bully kill innocents
Viruses recognize no politics or geography. Nor should we
— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) March 14, 2020
In a letter addressed to the people of the United States of America, I asked them to appeal to their administration and congress that the current path of pressure and sanctions will never be successful.
— Hassan Rouhani (@HassanRouhani) March 20, 2020
Venezuela also suffers a devastating blow in the loss of much-needed supplies of petroleum.
“This move cuts off a supply chain, the two countries have been taunting the US over Sanctions and it is huge pressure on both countries, their socialist country is crashing,” said Republican Representative Mark Green (TN)
U.S. seizure of terrorist-funded vessels choke Iran's income source. This is further evidence that our maximum-pressure sanctions against Iran are working: pic.twitter.com/WDAOHoOYSL
— Rep. Mark Green (@RepMarkGreen) August 14, 2020
According to the press release:
” On July 2, 2020, the United States filed a complaint seeking to forfeit all petroleum-product cargo aboard four foreign-flagged oil tankers, including the M/T Bella with the international maritime organization.
The government announced today that it has successfully executed the seizure order and confiscated the cargo from all four vessels, totaling approximately 1.116 million barrels of petroleum. With the assistance of foreign partners, this seized property is now in U.S. custody.
After enforcement of the U.S. forfeiture order, Iran’s navy forcibly boarded an unrelated ship in an apparent attempt to recover the seized petroleum but was unsuccessful. ”
Today in international waters, Iranian forces, including two ships and an Iranian "Sea King" helicopter, overtook and boarded a ship called the 'Wila.' pic.twitter.com/455UQ5jwHT
— U.S. Central Command (@CENTCOM) August 12, 2020
This activity with the Depart of Justice at the same time the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo said in a press conference in Austria, “The regime ruling #Iran is the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism. They must not be allowed to purchase or sell weapons. This is quite a simple issue. We will continue all diplomatic channels to extend the UN arms embargo on this regime.”
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