The deputy and presidential commissioner against terrorism and organized crime, Carlos Paparoni, warned that the declarations of the president of Colombia, Ivan Duque, in which he denounced that Nicolas Maduro seeks to acquire medium and long range missiles should alert Venezuelans and the world of the possibility that Venezuela could become an Iranian military satellite base and represent a threat for the region.
“The relationship between Maduro’s regime and the Iranian government puts the security of the entire American continent at risk because it facilitates an air bridge between the two nations for strategic operations, allowing them to evade international sanctions and challenging the security of the region,” he added.
The deputy explained that they are aware of the production in Iran of at least seven models of missiles, the “soumar” type being one of the most dangerous, with a range of around 2,500 kilometers.
“When you understand the production capacity that Iran has of this type of armament and the logistical operations that have been established between Iran and Venezuela, that bridge that has been built, concerns not only the international intelligence bodies, but threatens the development of our entire region.
The Commissioner deplored that these are the priorities of Maduro’s regime while the country is going through the worst economic and social crisis in its history: “They prefer to buy missiles than to equip hospitals and deliver protective equipment to Venezuelan doctors who are dying from the high contamination rates of covid-19”.
Paparoni warned that for years Iran has been using Venezuela to project its influence and activities in the Americas. In recent years they have created an economic, political and operational relationship, with an inventory of 40 billion dollars in joint projects and commercial transactions and diplomatic, military, commercial, industrial, petrochemical and energy cooperation, managing to influence the Bolivarian National Armed Forces. “These agreements are bigger than those signed between Venezuela and its neighbors in the region.”
Furthermore, he called on the Venezuelan military institution to side with the Constitution: “The prolongation of this long relationship could end up turning our homeland into an Iranian military base. This calls us to make a decision: to side with the country and defend our sovereignty and our Constitution.”