Venezuela considers selling US F-16s to Iran

Venezuela's military is considering selling its fleet of US-made F-16 fighter jets to another country, possibly Iran, in response to a US ban on arms sales to President Hugo Chavez's government, a Venezuelan military official said Tuesday. Gen. Alberto Muller, a senior adviser to Chavez, told The Associated Press he had recommended to the defense minister that Venezuela consider selling the 21 jets to another country. Muller said he thought it was worthwhile to consider "the feasibility of a negotiation with Iran for the sale of those planes." Even before the United States announced the ban on arms sales Monday, Washington had stopped selling Venezuela sensitive upgrades for the F-16s.