Senator Rubio Warns Venezuela to Turn Back Iranian Ships

Warships are believed to be carrying weapons.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio, citing a report than an Iranian warship is trying to deliver attack boats to Venezuela, said that the vessel must be turned away or the U.S. should intervene.

He noted that President Biden’s administration is urging Venezuela and Cuba to turn away two Iranian warships believed to be carrying arms intended for transfer to Caracas. A senior administration official stated the U.S. will take “appropriate measures” to deter what it sees as a “threat.” The intelligence community has evidence that one of the ships is carrying fast attack boats.

Senator Rubio said on Thursday, “Venezuela bought attack boats from Iran last year, but only now are they trying to deliver them. … Either [Nicolas] Maduro unconditionally turns them away or U.S. should force them to turn around.”

The attack boats are often used by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in the Persian Gulf. They can be equipped with weapons ranging from small arms to anti-ship missiles. U.S. officials have been monitoring the ships for over two weeks.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the Senate as they seek to prevent the trade of terrorist weapons.
  • For officials in Venezuela to heed U.S. cautions regarding the Iranian warships bearing weapons.
  • For wisdom for U.S. diplomats and military leaders as the influence of Iran on Cuba and Venezuela is considered.

Sources: CNN, Politico, Twitter, Newsmax


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