“US desperate moves against Iranian individuals - like the one announced by @SecPompeo, aka the #SecretaryofHate – just signal the miserable failure of the so-called “max pressure,” Mousavi wrote in his Twitter account on Thursday, according to IRNA.
“Despite US pressure, #Iran & #Venezuela remain steadfast in countering unlawful American sanctions,” he added.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday that Washington “is sanctioning five Iranian captains who delivered gasoline and its components to Venezuela.”
The sanctions captains delivered gasoline and gasoline components to Venezuela, and “are now added to OFAC’s Specially Designated National and Blocked Persons List (SDN List)," the US Treasury Department said in a statement on Wednesday, the National reported.
The sanctions come as Iran supplied 1.5 million barrels of fuel to Venezuela last month amid a collapse of refinery operations and tightening sanctions by the United States that has made it more difficult for Venezuela to obtain fuel on international markets.
US has already imposed sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRSL) and the National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC).