0216 GMT August 04, 2020
In comments at a military gathering in Tehran on Wednesday, Major General Salami said the greatest exhibition of Iran’s power took place recently when the country “imposed its will” on the adversaries and its oil tankers sailed international waters from the Persian Gulf to Venezuela, according to Tasnim News Agency.
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei also praised the efforts of the crew and captains of tankers that took Iran’s gasoline to Venezuela despite threats by the US administration to take action against them, according to Press TV.
“I thank all of you dear ones, captains, and crew of the ship. You did a great job. Your move was a great feat. You made the country proud,” the Leader’s message read.
Iran sent five ships carrying Iranian fuel to Venezuela in May and June to help revive oil refineries in the South American country, which is suffering from a severe fuel shortage caused by US sanctions.
Iran’s fuel shipments have drawn the ire of the US, which has imposed draconian sanctions on Iran and Venezuela with the aim of crippling their oil sectors.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Salami said the Islamic Revolution is breaking the back of the enemies, adding, “By God’s grace, today we are witnessing the early and rapid decline of our archenemies, particularly the US.”
He said the criminal nature of the US government has become so obvious so that even the American people are setting fire to the US flag.
“All of the symbols that the US was presenting from itself are falling, and the US is tearing apart the image it had created about itself,” the general added.
The IRGC commander added that Iran has overcome the sanctions, while the US is drowning. “Unable to contain the coronavirus, the US is today in the worst economic conditions.”