The Iranian government has made it clear that the Venezuelan government has “never” tried to buy Iranian missiles, despite the fact that Colombian President Iván Duque has taken arms proximity for granted and Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has himself shown that they are ready to to “evaluate” this possibility in the interests of territorial defense.
Duque assured last week that there is intelligence confirming the Venezuelan government’s interest in Iran acquiring medium and long-range missiles. Maduro assured in an interview on state television this Sunday that the person he was speaking to was trying to “divert attention from the real problems in Colombia”.
However, he has not ruled out that, given the Islamic Republic’s “enormous military technology”, it will be “possible” and “convenient” to acquire weapons from Iran at some point. With this in mind, he admitted that he had ordered Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino to “evaluate all possibilities and possibilities”.
Maduro has slipped that the allegations about possible agreements between Caracas and Tehran could be a way of preparing an intervention for which he has reaffirmed his confidence in Venezuela’s “defense capacity”. “We will keep our country in peace,” he said.
For his part, a spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Said Jatibsabadé, has assured that the Venezuelan government “never” applied for the purchase of missiles and that Duque’s statements have been rejected. “Relations between Iran and Venezuela are based on mutual interest and have nothing to do with third countries,” he said, according to the ISNA agency.