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Marco Rubio Warns What Will Happen When Iran Warships Reach Their Destination, Demands Biden 'Forcefully' Confront Them

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Sen. Marco Rubio urged President Joe Biden to deal with Iran’s military vessels in the Atlantic Ocean “forcefully” and not be distracted by his desire to “salvage the Iran deal.”

“#Iran’s largest military vessel & most modern missile destroyer are days away from delivering missiles & attack boats to the #MaduroRegime & conducting exercises off our coast,” the Florida Republican tweeted on Saturday.

“Biden shouldn’t allow desperation to salvage the Iran deal to keep him from confronting this forcefully.”

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Iran’s state TV reported Thursday that an Iranian destroyer and support vessel were sailing in the Atlantic Ocean.

The frigate vessel “Sahand” and the base ship “Makran” departed from Iran’s southern port of Bandar Abbas last month, according to the Independent. The pair sailed 6,000 nautical miles through the Indian Ocean and around the southern tip of Africa to enter the Atlantic for the first time ever.

The purpose of the vessels’ journey and their current location are unknown.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh refused to give details about the trip during a May 31 news conference, The Associated Press reported.

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“Iran is always present in international waters and it has this right based on international law and it can be present in international waters,” he said.

“No country is able to violate this right, and I warn that no one makes miscalculations. Those who sit in glass houses should be careful.”

American officials speculate that the vessels are bound for Venezuela, carrying long-range missiles and fast-attack boats, according to Politico.

“The delivery of such weapons would be a provocative act and understood as a threat to our partners in the Western Hemisphere,” a senior Biden administration official noted in a statement.

“We would reserve the right to take appropriate measures in coordination with our partners to deter the transit or delivery of such weapons.”

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The U.S. Naval Institute said in an earlier analysis that the boats could “form the core of an asymmetrical warfare force within Venezuela’s armed forces,” according to the AP.

“This could be focused on disrupting shipping as a means of countering superior naval forces,” the published analysis read.

“Shipping routes to and from the Panama Canal are near the Venezuelan coast.”

Despite Rubio’s warnings, any action the U.S. takes against these vessels would be unlawful and undermine sovereign immunity, Foreign Policy reported.

As long as the warships do not threaten any use of force, they are protected by the law of the sea, which grants warships and other government ships sovereign immunity.

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
Birthplace
Tucson, Arizona
Nationality
American
Honors/Awards
Graduated with Honors
Education
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, University of Oregon
Books Written
Contributor for Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future
Location
Prescott, Arizona
Languages Spoken
English, French
Topics of Expertise
Politics, Health, Entertainment, Faith




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