In an interview with the Voice of America, the White House advisor on hemispheric affairs, Juan González, expressed that "what Venezuela is doing is further destabilizing the region," but he reserved comments on intelligence matters.
The displacement of two Iranian navy ships across the Atlantic keeps the Pentagon under surveillance due to the presumption of intelligence officials that the final destination would be Venezuela.
Both the address and the content of the ships' cargo are unknown. Still, intelligence officials consulted by Politico and CNN have warned about the possibility that Iran plans to dispatch weapons to the Western Hemisphere.
The US Department of Defense would consider the delivery of weapons as an "act of provocation" and a "threat" to the hemisphere, the Pentagon spokesman told CNN.
"In that case, we have the right to take appropriate action to prevent the surrender or transit of such weapons," Kirby said.
In an interview with VOA, John Gonzalez, the wife's adviser on half of the House's affairs, said: "What Venezuela is doing is further destabilizing the region, but he has Impressions are gained in a fluid, global, diffused way.
Gonzalez said the purchase of weapons would not normally put food on the table for Venezuelans.
During the first quarter of 2021, Nicolas Maduro's government received at least three Iranian-flagged ships carrying gasoline. The Biden administration did not take any clear action.
Republican Senator Marco Rubio, who supports a strong line against the governments of Iran and Venezuela, said the current passing ships have all the signs of a weapon. Rubio linked it to the Biden administration as an opportunity to deliver a message of strength [from Iran]. "
Gonzalez stressed that regional security is in the United States' interests, but warned that these [partner] countries must decide what their interests are. I do not see any positive impact on Iran.
Under the administration of former President Trump, sanctions were imposed on Iranian sailors for doing business with the government of Nicolás Maduro. However, the Venezuelan president has defended the right of his country" to buy in the world what it wants to buy "and has repudiated Washington's sanctions.
"They are going to have to swallow toads."
"What we need to focus on is building a democratic system so that people can decide their own future [...] and think less about Iranian ships," Gonzalez said.
The White House supports a negotiated process between the Maduro government and Venezuela's opposition that, according to Gonzalez's recent statements, should be serious, concrete, irreversible and time-limited.
President Biden's adviser stressed to the VOA the need for a "limited time" but declined to comment on how much.
"What we can do as an international community is to identify what concrete steps must be taken so that the international community responds by lifting the pressure or doing something to reward or reward those concrete decisions," said the official.
The Maduro government proposed that the dialogues be "a public act" and lashed out at US "pressure. "
"As we say in Colombia, both sides are going to have to swallow toads for the good of the country," concluded González.