US Warns Iran Could Buy Weapons to Sell to Venezuela

first_imgBy Alejandra Arredondo/Voice of America (VOA) August 11, 2020 U.S. Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams warned on July 10 that Iran might be purchasing weapons from Russia or China to sell them to the Nicolás Maduro regime.“Iran […] might, in theory, buy or sell from Russia or China and then sell them to Venezuela at a higher price,” the diplomat said in a teleconference, where he also highlighted that Tehran manufactures “some products” that it might offer to Caracas.“We are watching that closely,” said the U.S. State Department official, adding that the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump “has imposed major limitations on the type of weapons that Iran can send to the western hemisphere.”Relations between Iran and Venezuela have strengthened in recent months, causing tensions with Washington after Iran sent several tankers with gasoline to the South American nation.At an event organized by the Heritage Foundation think tank, Abrams said that the diplomatic isolation that the United States has imposed on the governments of Venezuela and Iran has made them turn to each other to find economic and ideological support.“These are states without friends; they are looking for a way to show that they are not really isolated,” Abrams said.Both the United States and the interim government of Venezuela, led by Juan Guaidó, have accused Maduro of paying Iran with gold extracted “illegally” in exchange for gasoline, which has recently become scarce in the country with the largest oil reserves in the world, because its production has drastically declined.“Maduro has only one thing to sell, oil, and he desperately needs gasoline, because nobody is buying crude,” Abrams said. The diplomat said that the United States has been “very successful” with its policy of sanctions — hardened during the Trump administration — and has managed to “deprive the regime of resources.”last_img read more

Crucial tips for Queensland buyers

first_imgThe Queensland Government recommends that all buyers seek legal advice before signing real estate contracts.THE Queensland Government has set out some handy tips to demystify the contract process for buyers. Here’s what you should know before signing a contract. What’s in the contract? The contract sets out three main things, namely the price you are offering for the property, when and how you will pay your deposit, and lastly the time and date of settlement. Conditional sales A seller might agree for a contract to include conditions such as the deal being subject to the buyer getting finance, a building and pest inspection or even in some cases whether the buyer can sell their existing property.If these are agreed to, it is the buyer’s responsibility to check that what they asked for is in the contract. Compulsory statement More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoAccording to the State Government, every residential contract must have the following warning statement “directly above the place where you sign the contract”.“The contract may be subject to a five business day statutory cooling-off period. A termination penalty of 0.25 per cent of the purchase price applies if the buyer terminates the contract during the statutory cooling-off period. It is recommended the buyer obtain an independent property valuation and independent legal advice about the contract and his or her cooling-off rights, before signing.” Important contract points to remember: There are also three main points to consider with regard to the contract. 1. Do not sign the contract until you have discussed it with a solicitor, and do not give in to any pressure to sign before seeking legal advice. 2. The contract does not become binding until both the buyer and seller have signed it. 3. The buyer is entitled to a five-day cooling-off period, but this does not apply if it was an auction. (Source: Qld Govt)last_img read more