UK News Five Iranian tankers provoke the USA

09:20  23 may  2020
09:20  23 may  2020 Source:   dw.com

Five Iranian oil tankers en route to Venezuela

 Five Iranian oil tankers en route to Venezuela © JUAN BARRETO / AFP An oil tanker on Lake Maracaibo, March 15, 2019. (Illustrative image) Iranian oil tankers are expected to arrive in Venezuela this weekend to deliver fuel while the country has been plagued by a fuel shortage for more than two months. The two countries call on the United States, which has a fleet in the Caribbean, not to hinder delivery. From our correspondent in Caracas, Benjamin Delille These are five Iranian oil tankers who are currently sailing towards the Caribbean.

Caracas will send ships and aircraft to ensure five Iranian tankers , said to be loaded with some 1.5 million barrels of oil, make it safely to Venezuelan Such talk has drawn ire in Tehran, with Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Abbas Mousavi accusing the US of threatening “piracy” and vowing “a

At least 12 Iranian tankers have loaded and delivered oil across Asia and the Mediterranean since May 2. Countries that take the oil risk economic penalties from the United States . At least six of those ships unloaded their cargo at ports in China. Other ships have sailed to the Mediterranean through the Suez

Both Venezuela and Iran are among the enemy images of the US government under Donald Trump. An oil delivery from Tehran is now increasing tensions for Caracas. Will the United States intervene?

Einer von fünf - der Tanker © picture-alliance / AP Photo / M. Moreno One of five - the Tanker

They are called "Clavel", "Forest", "Faxon", "Fortune" and "Petunia". These are not the names of luxurious cruise ships, but of five oil tankers that are currently causing another diplomatic confrontation between the United States and Iran. The reason: you are heading for Venezuela, which is under a US trade embargo. Each of these five ships is said to have petrol on board for more than $ 45 million.

An Iranian oil tanker has arrived in Venezuelan waters

 An Iranian oil tanker has arrived in Venezuelan waters Venezuela is experiencing one of the worst fuel shortages in its history © Marcos Moreno / AP / SIPA An oil tanker at sea, illustration PENURIA - Venezuela is living one of the worst gasoline shortages in its history The first of five tankers sent by Iran to Venezuela to supply fuels entered Saturday the waters of this country, escorted by military ships Venezuelan forces, announced Minister of Petroleum Tareck El Aissami.

(Reuters) - A flotilla of five tankers carrying Iranian fuel for gasoline-starved Venezuela is approaching the Caribbean, with the first vessel expected to Iran -flagged tanker Fortune, the first in the flotilla, was approaching the Caribbean Sea on Friday. It has been navigating with its satellite signal on since

The five Iranian tankers - Fortune, Forest, Petunia, Faxon and Clavel - are carrying about 1.5m barrels of fuel and passed through the Suez Canal earlier Image caption Venezuela has the world's largest oil reserves, but production has collapsed. Iran has also warned that it will retaliate if the tankers are

The oil tankers have been on the move since the second week of May and are increasingly causing nervousness in Venezuela's capital Caracas. For example, with the Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guidó, which more than fifty countries, including Germany, recognize as the transition president. He explains that Iranian oil supply is illegal and calls on the international community to prevent ships from arriving in Venezuela.

"I think it is a big mistake to ask the international community to stop these ships," Benedicte Bull, an expert in Latin American studies at the University of Oslo, told DW. "The National Assembly has no authority to prevent oil tankers from entering." In addition, the demand is rather inhumane, because the population suffers enormously from the lack of gas in the country.

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As five Iranian oil tankers steam toward Venezuela in defiance of U.S. sanctions on both states , @MarkTFitz argues, "There is Iran has warned that any US attempt at intercepting its fuel tankers "would have serious repercussions for the Trump administration ahead of the November elections"

The US State Department is openly using organized crime tactics, including bribery and extortion, in an effort to bend Iran to its will after its usual allies refused to US Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook dangled millions of dollars in front of the captain of beleaguered Iranian oil tanker Adrian Darya

Im Ölförderland Venezuela gibt es kaum noch Benzin - Tankstelle der staatlichen Erdölgesellschaft in Caracas 2017 © Reuters / A.M. Casares There is hardly any petrol left in the oil-producing country Venezuela - petrol station of the state oil company in Caracas 2017

Venezuela is, like many other Latin American countries, affected by the coronavirus pandemic and the continuing economic crisis is exacerbated by the US economic sanctions. Since taking office, U.S. President Donald Trump has taken tough action against Nicolás Maduro's government in Venezuela, even if the U.S. has failed to overthrow Maduro. Iran, which is also suffering from Washington's sanctions, is now helping the Latin American pariah.

solidarity or provocation?

Altruistic help or conscious provocation? "There are of course several factors," said Victor Mijares, political scientist at the University of the Andes in Colombia, DW. On the one hand, it is a help for a long-standing ally, because Venezuela and Iran have had very close ties since Hugo Chávez's term in office, i.e. for around 20 years. "But it is also an opportunity to preserve a last market, since Iran is also suffering from the oil market," said Mijares. There can be no question of altruism.

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The United States recently beefed up its naval presence in the Caribbean for what it said was an expanded anti-drug operation. Venezuela's defence minister said its military will escort the Iranian tankers once they reach the nation's exclusive economic zone.

UK authorities said the tanker had ‘veered off course’ before capture. The Stena Impero was headed to Saudi Arabia but left the international sea lanes and “The reason behind the detention of the British tanker is that it did not adhere to the sea routes in the Strait of Hormuz, turned off the automatic

Langjährige Verbindungen: Venezuelas Präsident Maduro (l) mit Irans Präsident Rohani (r) 2006 in Teheran © picture-alliance / AP Photo Long-standing ties: Venezuela's President Maduro (l) with Iran's President Rohani (r) 2006 in Tehran

For Leonardo Bandarra, security policy expert at the Hamburg GIGA Institute, the rapprochement between Caracas and Tehran is a logical consequence politics in Washington, which clearly distances itself from the relaxation course of the former US President Barack Obama. "Given Washington's hostile policies, Washington's two opponents are coming closer to support each other," Bandarra told DW. The promoters and triggers of this move together is the Trump administration.

Washington, the Persian Gulf and the Caribbean

But posting is even more than a humanitarian gesture and good business, Mijares adds: In the end, of course, it is an inevitable provocation. Inevitable because Iran interferes in the direct geostrategic sphere of influence of the United States. And Tehran is doing this very deliberately, according to Mijares. "I believe that Iran is trying to find out whether and how Washington is reacting to such an action. And Venezuela too."

Netanyahu War vs. Khamenei on Twitter, pirated Israeli sites

 Netanyahu War vs. Khamenei on Twitter, pirated Israeli sites © - Photo provided on March 22, 2020 by the office of Iranian supreme guide Ali Khamenei showing him making a speech Word fight on Twitter between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Iranian supreme guide Ali Khamenei, hacked Israeli sites and allegations of computer attacks against strategic installations: the Israel-Iran rivalry intensifies in the field of cyberwar.

Iran is neither a member of the EU nor subject to any European oil embargo.Last I checked, EU was against extraterritoriality. UK's unlawful seizure of a tanker with Iranian oil on behalf of #B_Team is piracy, pure and simple.It sets a dangerous precedent and must end now.

Konarak (Persian: کنارک‎) is a Hendijan-class support vessel of the Iranian Navy. It was built in the Netherlands and has been in service since 1988.

The big question now is how Trump behaves in this endless conflict with Tehran, this time with Maduro as an ingredient. "He protested sharply, but I doubt he will do anything," said Benedicte Bull. Mijares agrees and says the US government itself has too many economic and political problems to take new risks, especially in an election year .

"From a US point of view, there are two areas of conflict here, namely the one in the Persian Gulf with the one in the Caribbean," emphasizes Mijares. The foreign policy consequences of a premature retaliation would be "incalculable and politically risky for the USA".

Whether and when the oil tankers arrive in Venezuela is part of the geostrategic chess game between these three nations and does little to change the situation in Venezuela, according to political scientist Mijares. "With or without Iranian tankers, the political situation in Venezuela is pretty stuck."

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