Israel Slams Dangerous Docking of Two Iranian Warships in Brazil
Israel warned Brazil that it was dangerous to allow two Iranian warships to dock in Rio de Janeiro, noting that their presence in the southern Atlantic Ocean was a "dangerous and regretful development”- “It is still not too late to order the ships to leave the port," the Foreign Ministry stated Thursday, March 2, in a sharply worded statement.
"The Iranian regime has executed dozens of terror attacks against ships, putting in danger the maritime freedom of navigation. Two of the attacks occurred in recent weeks," it said.
Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's government granted permission for the ships to dock, despite pressure from the United States to bar them. The IRIS Makran and IRIS Dena warships arrived Sunday morning, February 26.
The ships are part of the Iranian navy that works with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps fleet, which is a designated terror entity by the United States, the Foreign Ministry said. The Biden administration had specifically issued sanctions against the ships and their geographical location in Latin America places them just one continent away from the US shores.
US State Department spokesman Ned Price said Wednesday that the Biden administration wanted to make sure that the “IRGC – that Iran more broadly is not able to acquire a foothold, is not able to take advantage of others in this hemisphere." (JPost / VFI News)
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