Gantz claims Iran giving Venezuela attack drone know-how


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Gantz claims Iran giving Venezuela attack drone know-how
Defense Minister tells US Jewish leadership group that Tehran also gave South American nation precision-guided missiles to be used with Mohajer-6 drone
By Emanuel Fabian
22 February 2022

Defense Minister Benny Gantz accused Iran Tuesday of transferring advanced drone technology to Venezuela, warning of a potential new threat from machinery that has wreaked havoc in the Middle East in recent months. Gantz showed a gathering of US Jewish leaders a photo that he said proved the South American country was importing Iranian UAVs with attack capabilities. “This image shows a model of the advanced Iranian Mohajer UAV, presented by Venezuela’s President,” Gantz told the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations at a meeting in Jerusalem.

“In addition to developing Iranian UAVs in Venezuela, our assessments show that Iranian [precision-guided munitions] are being delivered for these UAVs and other similar models,” he said. Images posted on social media last year showed such munitions in the country. Ties between the two heavily-sanctioned anti-American allies have become robust in recent years, as the US has continued to mount pressure. In December, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced he would soon visit Iran at the invitation of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, to work on furthering cooperation.