BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:20 P.M.) – The Foreign Minister of Venezuela, Jorge Arreaza, said that his country can legally purchase weapons from Iran if necessary, referring to the lifting of the arms embargo imposed on Tehran.
“Caracas will continue to establish comprehensive relations with Tehran in various fields such as trade, energy, cooperation in agriculture, livestock, auto industries and military industries, which date back to the presidency of Hugo Chavez and increased during the presidency of Nicolás Maduro,” the minister said in a statement published by Iran’s Fars news Agency.
Arreaza added, “In the field of military-technical cooperation, the purchase of weapons from Iran is completely possible. There is currently no exchange between the two countries in this regard, but this possibility will be evaluated.”
On Wednesday, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said that his country had not purchased missiles from Iran, but he also indicated that buying a missile from Iran is “a very good idea.”
The Iranian government affirmed that “lifting the arms embargo on Iran is an important achievement on the international arena,” explaining that “Iran’s correct policy of staying in the nuclear agreement has borne fruit today.”
Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabiei said in a press conference, as reported by the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA):
“We have witnessed in recent days a great achievement for the government on the international arena, which is the lifting of the arms embargo, and this achievement stems from Iran’s right and the steadfastness and resistance of the Iranian people, despite all the pressures of America, the Zionist entity and their filial allies.”
Rabiei stressed that “Iran does not want to acquire weapons except as a means of defense, and that its main goal is to establish peace, stability, coexistence and regional cooperation, in order to achieve sustainable development.”
These statements came in response to a report from Fox News about the U.S. threats to destroy any Iranian long-range missile shipments to Venezuela.