Venezuela's weighing purchase of Iranian missiles, “It's not a bad idea” -Maduro
Missiles on display at a weaponry and military equipment exhibition in Tehran, Iran.
By Patricia Laya/Bloomberg
Petroleumworld 08 24 20 2020
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said he was weighing the purchase of Iranian missiles, days after Colombian President Ivan Duque accused him of doing so.
“It's not a bad idea,” Maduro said in a televised interview on state TV, saying he'd since asked Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino to look into “every possibility” of acquiring short-, medium- and long-range missiles from the Islamic Republic.
“Venezuela is not prohibited from acquiring weapons,” Maduro said. “If Iran is able to sell us a bullet or a missile, and we are able to buy it, we will.”
Last week, Colombia's Duque said he'd received intelligence warning of Venezuela's intentions to acquire missiles from Iran.
The Iranian embassy in Venezuela didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.
Iran has recently been exporting gasoline to Venezuela in defiance of U.S. sanctions intended to choke off both nations' oil revenue. In May, Iran sent five gasoline tankers , temporarily easing a severe gas shortage, and a ship with food in June for the opening of a new supermarket.
— With assistance by Alex Vasquez