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US Threatens to Destroy Potential Iranian Missile Shipments to Venezuela, says Fox News


What's Happening:

  • According to Fox News, a senior administration official warned on Monday that the US will destroy any shipments of Iranian long-range missiles sent to Venezuela.

  • Although there is no evidence that such a deal is currently in place, the officials feel that Iran and Venezuela are likely to try and engage in arms sales now that Iran's weapons embargo has expired.

  • Said Elliott Abrams, State Department Special Representative for Iran and Venezuela, "The transfer of long-range missiles from Iran to Venezuela is not acceptable to the United States and will not be tolerated or permitted."

  • The concern was sparked after Iran announced its intention to re-engage in arms sales. This comes a week after the United Nations embargo on Iran buying or selling conventional weapons expired.

  • The Trump administration asked the United Nations to extend the embargo, however, the request held little weight as the US withdrew from the Nuclear Deal negotiated by President Obama with Iran.

  • The Trump administration has reimposed sanctions on Iran but most UN Security Council members view the sanctions as illegitimate in light of the US withdrawing from the negotiated Nuclear Deal.


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