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  • The Fortune, an Iranian-flagged vessel, reached Venezuela' shores carrying approximately 45.5 million gallons of gasoline and related products, May 23, 2020.

    The Fortune, an Iranian-flagged vessel, reached Venezuela' shores carrying approximately 45.5 million gallons of gasoline and related products, May 23, 2020. | Photo: Twitter/ @EfectoCocuyo

Published 25 June 2020
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"None of the five sailors will be allowed to operate in U.S. waters," U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned.

Venezuela's Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, Wednesday condemned the recent U.S. sanctions against the five Iran' ship captains who in recent days transported gasoline to Venezuela, calling these actions a "waste of arrogance."

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"The coercive measures against the captains are another proof of Trump's hate against Venezuela's people," Arreaza tweeted.

Iran's five marine captains were listed by the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control, which means their U.S. assets are blocked.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo clarified that the sanctions were imposed because the captains supported the Venezuela's president Nicolas Maduro's government and threatened to sanction other sailors. 

"None of the five sailors will be allowed to operate in U.S. waters," Pompeo warned.

The purpose of these sanctions is to affect the Iran, Venezuela's energy cooperation alliance, which helped the South American country to overcome an extensive fuel crisis.

Last May, the Iran's five tankers shipped to Venezuela, loaded with 1.53 million barrels of gasoline and additives.

The new Washington' sanctions against Irania' seafarers, affect the financial life of those captains and their property relations with anyone residing in the U.S..

According to a statement, Captains Ali Danaei, Mohsen Gohardehi, Alireza Rahnavard, Reza Vaziri and Hanidreza Yahya, all Iranians, who commanded the ships Clavel, Petunia, Fortune, Forest and Faxon, were included in the list of sanctioned individuals. 

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