Brothers in Arms.
Western intelligence agencies claim that Iran is using Venezuelan planes to transfer arms to Syria.
YNet News reported:
Iran is using its warm relations with Venezuela to dodge UN sanctions and use Venezuelan aircraft to ship missile parts to Syria, an Italian newspaper reported Sunday.
Citing US and other Western intelligence agencies, La Stampa said Iran is using aircraft from Venezuelan airline Conviasa to transport computers and engine components to Syria for use in missiles.
The material comes from Iranian industrial group Shahid Bagheri, listed inthe annex of UN Security Council Resolution 1737, adopted in December 2006, for involvement in Iran’s ballistic missile program.
The resolution instructed all nations to “prevent the supply, sale or transfer” of all material or technology that could be used for Iran’s nuclear enrichment programme and the development of weapons to carry nuclear warheads.
Syria is a close ally of Iran in the Middle East, with the two nations having signed a military cooperation pact in June 2006.
In return for providing aircraft, Iran has made available to Caracas members of its Revolution Guards and the elite Al-Quds unit to train and reinforce the Venezuelan police and secret services, La Stampa reported.
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Meanwhile… Russia’s state arms export agency said Monday it is supplying Iran with defensive weapons, including surface-to-air missiles.
UPDATE: The Iranian Fars News Service reported that Venezuela’s foreign minister dismissed the published report.