Mark Fitzpatrick is an Associate Fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies. Until 2019, he was Executive Director of the IISS Americas office and head of the Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Policy Programme. Before IISS, he had a 26-year career in the US Department of State, including as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Non-Proliferation (acting). He has produced ten books relating to proliferation, including as co-author of “Uncertain Future: The JCPOA and Iran’s nuclear and missile programmes (2019).
It would be senseless for the U.S. to try to stop the petroleum transfer. It would be condemned by nearly every other country in the world as an abuse of U.S. power, with both Iran and Venezuela benefitting from political sympathy.