Some 15,000 rounds of Iranian-made ammunition were loaded onto a Uruguayan navy ship in Venezuela before the attempted purchase was discovered and blocked, said Javier Garcia of Uruguay’s opposition party, according to the Washington Times.
The shipment, part of a larger deal involving the sale of 18,000 Iranian-made automatic rifles, violates U.N. Security Council Resolution No. 1747, passed March 24 in an effort to curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
Iranian arms sales in the southern hemisphere come as no surprise. Read more about Iran’s tenacious efforts to penetrate Latin America in this inFocus Quarterly article by Dina Siegel Vann.