Iran confirms the presence of a warship and a support vessel in the Atlantic Ocean.
According to the Associated Press, Iran acknowledged on Thursday that it had a warship and a support vessel sailing in the Atlantic Ocean.
In a news conference on May 31, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Said Khatibzadeh declined to identify where the ships were headed.
“Iran is constantly present in international waters, and it has the right to be present in international waters under international law,” Khatibzadeh added. “No government has the authority to violate this right, and I warn that no one should make a mistake. Those who live in glass houses must exercise caution.”
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The new domestically manufactured warship Sahand and the intelligence-gathering vessel Makran are on their way to Venezuela, according to US media sources quoting anonymous American sources. The ships’ destination could not be confirmed immediately by AP.
The ships left Iran’s southern port of Bandar Abbas last month, according to Adm. Habibollah Sayyari, Iran’s deputy army chief. Without going into detail, he described their operation as the Iranian navy’s longest and most difficult expedition to yet.
A short video of the destroyer travelling across the Atlantic’s rough seas was published by Iranian official television. The footage was most likely shot aboard the Makran, a converted commercial oil tanker with a movable helicopter launch pad.
“The Navy is increasing its seafaring capacity and demonstrating long-term durability in harsh seas and severe weather conditions in the Atlantic,” Sayyari said, adding that the warships would not stop at any country’s port during the operation.
On the deck of the Makran, images from Maxar Technologies dated April 28 appear to show seven Iranian fast-attack ships traditionally associated with the country’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard. Planet Labs Inc. satellite photographs indicate it left a port in Bandar Abbas after April 29. It’s unclear where the Makran and the destroyer are right now.
The ships’ final destination may be Venezuela, Politico initially reported in late May, citing anonymous authorities. Iran has maintained tight connections with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and has delivered gasoline and other products to the country in the face of US sanctions aimed at the country’s fuel shortages. Venezuela is thought to have paid Iran for the shipments, despite its own sanctions imposed by the US.
Maduro’s closest assistant has disputed rumors in the press that the. This is a condensed version of the information.