By Carlos Camacho.
Iran has sent to the Nicolas Maduro regime gasoline to assuage a shortage, spare parts to repair refineries and chemical components to manufacture the fuel, while also opening Venezuela’s first Iranian supermarket in Caracas and sending some 20,000 tons of food.
According to Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Seyed Abbas Mousavi on Thursday, cooperation will continue or even increase between the two heavily sanctioned nations.
“The desperate measures of the U.S against Iranian nationals, such as the one announced by the U.S Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, also known as the Secretary of Hate, is a sign of the failure of the so-called maximum pressure,” Mousavi stated, according to the Iran news agency, IRNA.
“Despite the pressure, Iran and Venezuela remain firm in their fight against the illegal U.S sanctions,” he said.
The gasoline sent by Iran is being sold by the Maduro regime in dollars, at US-equivalent prices of $0.50 per liter. Those that want cheaper, subsidized gasoline need to show proof of allegiance to the ruling PSUV party, wait days in a long line and can only load 120 liters a month, or three full tanks.