US interception of Iran vessel to Venezuela would be ‘completely illegal’

Press TV – The United States’ possible attempt to intercept the Iranian vessel en route to Venezuela would have “no legal basis,” says an American political analyst.

“I expect the US to possibly try to intercept ships from Iran to Venezuela,” said Dan Kovalik, author and political commentator based in the US state of Pennsylvania in an interview with Press TV on Saturday.

He further voiced concerns that US President Donald Trump might take the chance to begin his blockade on Venezuela.

“Trump has threatened a blockade of Venezuela and this may be an occasion for him to begin one.”

Kovalik questioned the legality of the United States’ brutal sanctions on Iran, asserting that, “they’re illegal,” and not authorized by the UN Security Council.

“So, these have no legal basis,” he said. “If the US were to intercept an Iranian vessel heading towards Venezuela, that would be completely illegal.”

The political commentator also reiterated that Iran and Venezuela have the right to “defend themselves, their economies… and supplies to get for their people.”

Reports of a shipment of Iranian fuel to Venezuela in the face of US sanctions against the two allies have infuriated the Trump administration.