"We can do whatever we want with those planes, with whomever we want," Vice President Jose Vicente Rangel said, when asked by a reporter whether Venezuela would be willing to sell the F-16 jets to Iran.
The U.S. State Department has warned that Venezuela is contractually bound to seek Washington's approval on any sale of the F-16s -a possibility U.S. officials have suggested is highly unlikely.
"The United States does not have the right to suspend the supply (of replacement parts) after there's a contract and agreement," Rangel said.
The U.S. government also announced this week it is imposing an arms embargo on Venezuela, the AP reports.
The troops of the Southern and Western military districts will begin to return from Russia's southern borders to the points of their permanent deployment starting April 23