World Venezuela and Iran Resist U.S. Sanctions With New Fuel Flotilla
Iran sanctions: US versus the world over 'snapback' option
The United States will unilaterally declare this weekend that UN sanctions against Iran are once again in force, a move that risks increasing Washington's diplomatic isolation while also stoking international tensions. That is where the issue risks stoking up international tensions. Trump could announce secondary sanctions to punish any country or entity that violates UN sanctions, blocking their access to US markets and financial systems, even though the US is one of the only countries to believe that the sanctions are actually in force.
(Bloomberg) -- The first vessel in an Iranian convoy of ships bringing desperately needed fuel arrived in Venezuela, demonstrating both nations’ determination to undermine U.S. efforts to isolate the governments in Tehran and Caracas.
The Iranian tanker Forest entered Venezuelan waters early today, according to tanker-tracker data collected by Bloomberg. It’s heading to El Palito refinery port, said union leader Ivan Freites. It’s one of three vessels bringing hundreds of thousands of barrels of the fuel.
Trump administration insists UN sanctions on Iran are restored. No, they're not, says United Nations
Trump administration declares that UN sanctions eased against Iran as part of a nuclear accord have been reimposed. It is virtually alone in this.There's one problem: Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia – the other signatories to the deal President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from – have no intention of enforcing those sanctions.
Following years of mismanagement and operational neglect, national oil company Petroleos de Venezuela SA is unable to supply the country with gasoline, idling not only millions of cars and buses but also emergency vehicles and trucks delivering food from farms to cities.
U.S. sanctions restricting PDVSA’s ability to import fuel from international markets have worsened what were once sporadic shortages, touching off days-long queues at filling stations and more. The isolation efforts have also fomented closer strategic ties between Iran and Venezuela as most international oil and shipping companies avoid Venezuela for fear of risking punitive measures by the U.S.
First of 3 Iranian tankers enter Venezuelan waters
Exclusive: U.S. to slap sanctions on over two dozen targets tied to Iran arms
Exclusive: U.S. to slap sanctions on over two dozen targets tied to Iran armsWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Monday will sanction more than two dozen people and entities involved in Iran's nuclear, missile and conventional arms programs, a senior U.S. official said, putting teeth behind U.N. sanctions on Tehran that Washington argues have resumed despite the opposition of allies and adversaries.
Venezuela’s Lack of Fuel Among Top Causes for Food Output Drop
Two more tankers, the Fortune and Faxon, are expected to arrive in the coming days. This is the second time Iran has provided gasoline to Venezuela since the end of May, when aof five vessels discharged nearly 1.5 million barrels of Iranian gasoline and fuel additives, as well as parts for local refineries. Iran’s foreign ministry has said any attempt by the U.S. to stop them will be met with “a swift and decisive response.”
Iran’s shipments signal Tehran’s commitment to aiding its South American ally despite U.S. efforts to stymie such cooperation. In August, the U.S.the cargoes of four vessels carrying 1.1 million barrels of Iranian gasoline ostensibly headed for Venezuela. The move was described as the U.S. government’s “largest-ever seizure of fuel shipments from Iran” by the Department of Justice, which said the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, designated a foreign terrorist organization, was behind the shipment.
U.S. special envoy to Venezuela and Iran Elliot Abrams said on Wednesday U.S. sanctions on Venezuela convinced Russia and China not to sell gasoline to Maduro’s regime and alluded to possible “snap back” sanctions in the coming days.
PDVSA and Venezuela’s information ministry declined to comment on the shipments.
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Venezuela and Iran's ties grow as warnings are raised about Trump pulling an 'October Surprise' on Tehran .
Iran and Venezuela are two of President Donald Trump's most frequent targets, and increasing US pressure has only brought the two closer. Their ties are again on display ahead of the presidential election, as US actions directed at Iran raise concerns Trump could seek a confrontation for political benefit.Such a showdown is a long-time goal for some members of the administration, according to Trita Parsi, an expert on Iran at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, a think tank that advocates restraint in foreign policy.