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The chaotic advance of the Iranian military towards the American continent

The chaotic advance of the Iranian military towards the American continent

This satellite image (photo: REUTERS) of the Macron ship Bandar Abbas, Iran, taken on December 28, 2020

America looks on with confusion and concern Progress Two Iranian ships are bound for the American continent. Its ultimate goal is uncertain, but Washington’s main hypothesis may be that Venezuela.

The entry of warships into Caribbean waters would be an unparalleled provocation for the Islamic Republic. Infiltration without any resistance, security experts consider Very dangerous role model It will also encourage other navies to follow the same steps. Russia and China top the list.

When asked about the fate of the ships, a spokesman for the Persian Foreign Ministry said “Iran has a stable presence in international waters and international law allows it.“, According to The Wall Street Journal (WSJ). He added: “I warn that no one should miscalculate. Those who live in glass houses should be careful. ”

Macron on May 10, 2021 near the Iranian island of Lahore (photo: REUTERS)
Macron on May 10, 2021 near the Iranian island of Lahore (photo: REUTERS)

One of the two ships set sail in late April with seven missile-fast attack boats, Special media report USNI News. According to satellite images provided by Maxer, Irene carries a fleet of boats with the characteristics of the Macron family Boycop. about that Medium-sized boats operated Revolutionary Guardian of Iran, The elite of the Persian regime, Used to harass American ships in the Persian Gulf. What else, The ship can carry other military equipment that is not easily seen in the pictures, According to LIP.

The modified tanker, Macron is considered to be the largest made in Iran and has a base to carry up to seven helicopters. Ship Designed as a mobile marine base for small boats and aircraft that can operate anywhere in the world. This change added the ability to carry a large airport, boats and other equipment on deck and additional cargo below.

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In the middle Politics, Citing three people who spoke on condition of anonymity and informing Washington authorities Nicola Maduro Getting ships is a mistake. However, Caracas’ decision on this is unknown.

File photo of the Iranian military commander and other members of the navy praying on the Macron warship (Photo: REUTERS)
File photo of the Iranian military commander and other members of the navy praying on the Macron warship (Photo: REUTERS)

Tehran has been cultivating since Hugo Chavez took over the presidency of Venezuela in 1999. Always a close relationship with Caracas. Armed forces of both countries are participating Military exercises Sets in the state of Aragua and, according to WSJ, Venezuela gives Iranian agents false signals to pass through the region.

Venezuelan regime’s relationship with Iran Former Vice President and current Petroleum Minister Tarek El Isami. Tehran is an essential energy supplier to Venezuela, Its fuel production fell to an all-time low Small investment in maintenance with common corruption representing Savismo at all levels.

US sanctions The regime has blocked regular imports of petrol and diesel against PTVSA for human rights violations, but Iran was able to send enough tankers to Venezuela to float the Maduro dictatorship. Iranian tankers have sought various evasion techniques to move from international waters to Venezuelan waters undetected.

Iranian-made warship Macron participates in an exercise in the Gulf of Oman (Photo: REUTERS)
Iranian-made warship Macron participates in an exercise in the Gulf of Oman (Photo: REUTERS)

But more and more energy and economic aid are being added by the military. In recent times there were already Concerns that Venezuela may try to acquire Iranian ballistic missile technology. In March, Admiral, Commander-in-Chief of the United States Southern Command Craig Fowler, He warned the Senate that the two countries would continue to expand cooperation to trade military resources.

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Iran has expanded economic and security cooperation with Venezuela In shifting fuel, basic food and military aid, the Goods could expand its presence in the region, ”Fowler told the Senate Armed Services Committee. “Tehran also relies on a state-funded media organization Shaping the dominance of information and building empathy for Iran and Shiite Islam and reducing Western influence in the hemisphere. ”Added.

Nicolas Maduro and President Hassan Rohani at 2016 (Photo: Europa Press)
Nicolas Maduro and President Hassan Rohani at 2016 (Photo: Europa Press)

It is no coincidence that this exchange is now strengthening. The timing of the shipment of Iranian ships may be relevant Annual joint military exercises between the United States and its regional allies are scheduled for June 12-26.. The host of this year’s exercises is Guyana, a country with Venezuela Old regional dispute. Therefore, the presence of the Iranian navy in neighboring waters carries serious conflict risks.

The United States and other Latin American countries have good reason to watch this Iranian development in the region with great interest. For example, Venezuela, armed by Iran, may try to disrupt maritime traffic from the Panama Canal or from there, Very close to the Venezuelan coast. The consequences of a move in that direction would be unpredictable.

This represents a major nuisance to the government Joe Biden, He agreed to rehearse a diplomatic approach to Tehran, With the intention of sealing a new nuclear deal, Something fell after 2015 Washington’s departure during Donald Trump’s presidency. The medium-term goal of a strategic withdrawal from the Middle East could be suddenly attacked by direct infiltration from Iran into its backyard.

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