Buying Iranian missiles 'a good idea' for Venezuela: Maduro

TEHRAN, Aug. 23 (MNA) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called the purchase of missiles from Iran a “good idea", instructing defense minister to follow up the issue.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Saturday said it would be a “good idea” to look into buying missiles from Iran, a day after Colombia said Venezuela was considering such a plan amid growing ties between Caracas and Tehran, Reuters reported.

“It had not occurred to me, it had not occurred to us,” Maduro said during a televised broadcast with cabinet members, instructing Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino to follow up and jokingly telling his cabinet to keep the plan a secret.

“Padrino, what a good idea, to speak with Iran to see what short, medium and long range missiles they have, and if it is possible, given the great relations we have with Iran.”

Iranian officials have not yet reacted to this news and Maduro's remarks.

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