Iran's Military at the Panama Canal: Significant National Security Threat

Gatestone Institute

… Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who is an advisory board member of United Against Nuclear Iran, said that Panama has also been helping with Iran's oil smuggling. Panama, he added, "has been instrumental in the [Iranian] regime's continued survival" and that Panama is "strengthening Iran by helping it to circumvent sanctions." Iranian ships will be allowed to sail through the Panama Canal "as long as they abide by international norms," Panamanian authorities said this week. However, according to Reuters: "Panama's vessel registry, the world's largest, has withdrawn its flag from 136 ships linked to Iran's state oil company in the last four years, the country's maritime authority said this week, pushing back against claims by an anti-nuclear group."