Two Iranian regime warships will arrive in Brazil this Monday, January 23

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Tehran is looking to show its might in the region and strengthen ties with the new government of Lula da Silva. The Dena and Makran vessels will be in Rio de Janeiro until the end of the month

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Two Iranian regime warships will arrive in Brazil this Monday, January 23

The Iranian warship Makran during an exercise in the gulf from Oman in January 2021. This ship will arrive in Rio de Janeiro on Monday, January 23, 2023 (Reuters)

The 86th Flotilla of the Iranian army, made up of the < b>Dena and Makran warships, which began its mission at the end of September 2022, will arrive this Monday, January 23, in Rio de Janeiro, where they will remain until January 30.

The agency Iranian news outlet Tasnim confirmed the crossing and detailed that the passage through Brazil is part of the ongoing mission to the Panama Canal. However, he did not specify what activity he will have in Brazil, where Lula da Silva has just taken office as president.

The regime's official outlet does affirm that the trip of the warships is part of “a historic turn with the objective of showing the growing military and naval power of the Islamic Republic of Iran”.

Two warships from the Iranian regime will arrive in Brazil this Monday, January 23

Iranian naval ship, the Makran, is seen in Bandar Abbas, Iran, in this satellite image taken on April 28, 2021. Image taken on April 28, 2021. Satellite image ©2021 Maxar Technologies

The regime seeks to challenge the US and strengthen ties with its Latin American allies.”Until now, we have been present in all but two of the world's strategic straits,” said the Rear Admiral Shahram Irani, Commander of the Iranian Navy days ago.

“Today we have to strengthen our maritime presence in international waters and today we can say that there is no scientific barrier to growing in this field,” he added about the deployment in the Panama Canal.

< b>Iran's goal “is to have a military presence in Latin America, so it is not surprising that its navy announces that it will make moves in the Panama Canal,” he told The Washington Free Beacon Joseph Humire, director of the Center for a Free and Secure Society.  “Many people write off Tehran in terms of its capabilities, but I wouldn't pass it up. This is what Iran has been building in Latin America for the last 30 to 40 years by establishing embassies, bilateral agreements and military exercises with allies like Russia, China and Venezuela in the Caribbean Sea,” he added.

In its research “Iran's tentacles threaten Latin America”, Diálogo Américas details thatTehran's presence in the Panama Canal is of worldwide concern as it could be used to smuggle weapons.

In fact, Ned Price, spokesman for the US Department of State, stated days ago that the US is closely monitoring “Iran's attempts or, at least, its statements about its intention to develop a military presence in the Western Hemisphere”

In recent years, Iranian ships have frequently docked at Venezuelan ports, where they have been welcomed with open arms by the dictatorship of Nicolás Maduro.

Two warships from the Iranian regime will arrive in Brazil this Monday, January 23

File photo of Iranian military commander and other members of the armed forces praying on the Iranian-made Makran warship during an exercise in the Gulf of Oman. January 13, 2021. Iranian Army/WANA (West Asia News Agency)/Handout via REUTERS

Since Hugo Chávez assumed the presidency of Venezuela in 1999, Tehran has cultivated an increasingly close relationship with Caracas. The Armed Forces of both countries have participated in joint military exercises in the state of Aragua and, according to the WSJ, Venezuela supplies Iranian agents with false identities to move around the region.

The Venezuelan regime's link with Iran is Tareck El Aissami, former vice president and current oil minister. Tehran is an essential energy provider for Venezuela, whose fuel production has plunged to levels never seen before due to the combination of little investment in maintenance with the widespread corruption that characterizes Chavismo at all levels.

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