[Ed. – This isn’t random noise from the Trump administration. The sunset of the UNSCR 2231 prohibition on Iranian arms exports was on 18 October 2020. The U.S. has reupped our sanctions, but the UN no longer endorses enforcement of them. That’s one of the things the big row over sanctions was about, a couple of months ago. Trump & Co. are clarifying what we won’t tolerate, so Venezuela knows how to avoid precision air strikes. The missiles in question are technically medium-range ballistic missiles, which Iran already has and which have been operational in Iran’s inventory for more than a decade. They can reach the U.S. from Venezuela, however – and more of the U.S. if they were to be deployed to Cuba.]
The United States is warning it will destroy potential Iranian long-range missile shipments delivered to the Maduro regime in Venezuela, a senior administration official tells Fox News.
“The transfer of long-range missiles from Iran to Venezuela is not acceptable to the United States and will not be tolerated or permitted,” said Elliott Abrams, the State Department Special Representative for Iran and Venezuela.
“We will make every effort to stop shipments of long-range missiles, and if somehow they get to Venezuela they will be eliminated there,” added a senior administration official.