BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:05 A.M.) – On Thursday, Venezuela condemned the actions of the U.S. Navy as one of its destroyers approached their Bolivarian Republic’s shores.

Venezuelan Foreign Minister, Jorge Arreaza, said in a statement, as quoted by the AFP, on Thursday that the placement of the guided missile destroyer USS William B. Lawrence off the coast reveals an “intention to intimidate” Caracas.

Arreaza added that the warship was within the Venezuelan maritime zone, which is 24 miles in length, specifically at a distance of 16.1 nautical miles from the Venezuelan coast.

Tensions between the United States and Venezuela have escalated in recent months, after Iran sent five tankers to help ease a fuel shortage in the South American country.

The Foreign Ministry statement stated that the ship claimed it was carrying out “periodic operations against drug trafficking.”

“This is clearly a deliberate provocative act, and it is also disorganized and childish,” said Arreaza.

The U.S.’ close approach came shortly after the Iranian gas tanker, Forest, reached the Venezuelan shores to deliver much needed fuel to the Bolivarian Republic.

Last week, the U.S. imposed new sanctions against the Venezuelan government and its associates, as Washington continues its campaign to isolate Caracas globally.

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A.H.
A.H.
2020-10-02 12:01

A war ship in the territorial waters of Venesuela shoud be send to the bottom of the ocean without warning. Specially when it is an yankee terrorist ship !!! Use anti ship missils from Iran.

Daeshbags Sux
Daeshbags Sux
2020-10-02 19:30
Reply to  A.H.

Arreaza is an idiot : 16.1nmi are not into territorial waters, the limit is 12nmi, not 24nmi. If she had entered VZ national waters, she’d had been surrounded by patrol+missile boats and seized.

Daeshbags Sux
Daeshbags Sux
2020-10-02 19:34
Reply to  A.H.

Hey, guy, are you sure you want VZ to kill 380 USN sailors. Do you really want VZ to start a war against the USA? As we’ve seen in Libya, USA is no more in the mood to invade: sending the country back to the Stone Age is enough.
VZ has no Iranian anti-ship missiles. Russian ones are not crappy copies of NoKo c**p

Daeshbags Sux
Daeshbags Sux
2020-10-02 19:49

Year 2004 – Radio conversation between a US navy ship and the north west of Spain, with English subtitles. Enjoy!

Daeshbags Sux
Daeshbags Sux
2020-10-02 19:25

USS William P. Lawrence (DDG-110), “P.”, not “B.”. it’s an Arleigh Burke-class… National waters are 12nmi, NOT 24 nmi