U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) of supporting the Iranian regime in its sale of arms to Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela, paid for with the gold smuggled from Venezuela.
To further tighten sanctions against the Iranian and Venezuelan regimes, the U.S. State Department on May 19 sanctioned the CCP’s dependent company that facilitated Iran’s illegal operations in Shanghai.
The company is Shanghai Saint Logistics Limited, which provided cargo booking services for flights on Mahan Air, the Iranian regime’s airline that transports materials from China to Venezuela.
The U.S. Treasury Department announced that it will sanction any company in the world that does business with the sanctioned Chinese company.
“The People’s Republic of China is one of the rapidly dwindling number of countries that welcomes Mahan Air, which ferries weapons and terrorists around the world for the Islamic Republic of Iran” said Pompeo, through the State Department’s website.
In addition, Mahan Air is transporting Iranian weapons, technicians, and equipment that are trying to repair the power-generating facilities, in support of the Venezuelan regime led by Nicolás Maduro.
“More recently, the Iranian regime turned to Mahan Air to facilitate shipments to Venezuela to support the illegitimate former Maduro regime and its desperate attempts to boost energy production, which had fallen due to its own gross mismanagement,” Pompeo added.
Mahan Air has been sanctioned by the United States since 2011 for serving the Special Quds Force terrorists of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
The sanctions against Shanghai Saint Logistics Limited are taking place while five Iranian oil tankers are transporting fuel to Venezuela in an attempt to break the blockade with which the United States is putting pressure on Maduro’s regime, seeking to re-establish democracy in that country and overcome the terrible crisis that has beset its inhabitants for several years.
Likewise, the head of the U.S. Southern Command, Adm. Craig Faller, expressed on May 19 his “concern” about Iran’s close ties with Venezuela and the interest it has in controlling the Latin American region.
Faller insisted on the need to continue creating “strong alliances with democracies” in Latin America and the Caribbean to confront the “threats” from countries owned by totalitarian regimes such as Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Cuba, according to VOA.