US officials said Wednesday that Washington has disrupted planned Iranian fuel deliveries to Venezuela by threatening sanctions against shippers.
It temporarily thwarted a burgeoning economic alliance between two of America’s biggest rivals.
US officials said two Liberian-flagged, Greek-owned vessels loaded with Iranian oil products and headed to Venezuela halted their deliveries after the sanctions threat.
The shipment was in violation of the US ‘maximum pressure’ policy on Iran. World War 3
It comes after a second Iranian tanker arrived in the Venezuelan port of El Palito on Wednesday. World War 3
The tanker Forest was second in a flotilla of five, carrying a total of 1.5 million barrels of gasoline and other petrochemical products to the Latin American nation grappling with hyperinflation.
Escorted by the Venezuelan navy and air force, the first vessel, the Fortune, docked in the same port earlier this week.
A third vessel was expected to reach Venezuelan shores on May 27 before the sanction blocks.
It comes after a second Iranian tanker arrived in the Venezuelan port of El Palito on Wednesday.
The United States had earlier announced it was considering measures to block the deal by the two nations that both suffer from severe American sanctions. World War 3
In a statement last week, the Trump administration denounced support provided by Iran — as well as other allies, namely Cuba, Russia and China — to “the illegitimate and tyrannical regime of Nicolas Maduro,” noting that the maximum pressure campaign “will continue until Maduro’s hold on Venezuela is over.” World War 3