United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday condemned the Venezuelan government for reportedly shipping 9 tons of gold to Iran in an attempt to prompt up its own oil industry, APA reports citing Tele Trader.
"Maduro's thugs looted nine tons of gold bars and sent it to the Iranian regime. The world's leading thieves are partnering with the world's leading state sponsor of terror. The greatest victims are the Venezuelan and Iranian people," he wrote.
Previously, reports suggested Maduro's administration prepared approximately $500 million worth of gold, as a payment for receiving assistance from Tehran in saving Venezuela's gasoline refineries.