Minister of People’s Power for the Interior, Justice and Peace Nestor Reverol denounced the cynicism of the US government as it is attempting to create false flags to try to brand Venezuela as a narco-state.
On his Instagram account @reverolnestor, the Venezuelan minister explained that “the automated identification systems of ‘Marine’, ‘Traffic’ and ‘Fleetmon’ satellite global positioning programs, which are reliable, mandatory and tamper-proof systems, show it is completely false that the Karar vessel under the flag of Togo, captured last April 28 by Spanish authorities with 4 tons of cocaine, was loaded in our country.”
Reverol described that according to “the announced route and identification, this vessel departed from Panama on March 28, sailing West at 7.7 knots and bound for Spain, and later the program identifies a specific route where there is communication with the Automatic Identification System (AIS) off Colombian coasts, and then it sailed to its final destination, where it is captured, thus showing that the vessel never used our maritime space.”
Venezuela’s interior minister also highlighted that it is striking that this vessel passed between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic without being detected by US authorities.
Likewise, the Minister of People’s Power for Foreign Affairs Jorge Arreaza wrote on his Twitter account @jaarreaza:
“Desperate for attacking Venezuela, Washington creates absurd false flags. Here it is clearly seen that the vessel loaded Colombian drugs in Colombian waters and sailed with impunity through waters of various countries allied with the United States in its so-called fight against drugs.”
“Throne” vessel was never on Venezuelan coasts
Interior Minister Nestor Reverol also explained that the Throne vessel under the flag of Palau was seized by Trinidad and Tobago authorities with 400 tons of drugs and never was on Venezuelan coasts.
“They insist on accusing Venezuela. We denounce this new aggression because the Fleetmon satellite and global positioning system determines that the Throne vessel left Guayaquil bound for Belen Port, Brazil, identifying a specific route where there is communication with the AIS, tracing it back to the Panama Canal, the Colombian and Dutch (Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire) coasts, and sailing 100 nautical miles away from Venezuelan coasts, only navigating 9 nautical miles away from Margarita Island on February 26 with a continued and uninterrupted course towards Trinidad and Tobago, where it remained anchored for a while.”
Reverol described that this vessel later set course for Jamaica, on April 19 and 20, where it remained for eight hours and when he was bound for Brazil, he was captured by Trinidad and Tobago authorities 17 nautical miles away from their coast.
“We remain firm and radical in our war against drug trafficking in all its forms,” stressed Reverol.