This photo released on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 by the Iranian Army, shows Iran-made warship Makran prior to be joined to the Navy, in Iran. (Iranian Army via AP)
Two Iranian Navy ships believed to be heading to Venezuela are expected to reach the Atlantic Ocean as soon as Thursday, according to U.S. officials tracking them.
The ships are on track to round the Cape of Good Hope and reach the Atlantic, and were still moving south on Wednesday, reports Politico.
Security officials tracking them said they don’t know exactly where the ships are heading but believe they’re heading for Venezuela, the website first reported Saturday, quoting sources who requested anonymity.
The fact that the warships are sailing into the Atlantic Ocean could prove as a test for the Biden administration as it attempts to negotiate with Tehran about its nuclear program.
The ships include the Makran, a former oil tanker converted into a floating forward staging base, and a frigate, the officials said.