Tehran: The Iranian President warned the United States on Saturday that after the South American countries indicated that they would provide armed escorts for tankers, they should not interfere with the oil transportation to Venezuela.
Hassan Rouhani said in a statement on its website that the United States has created “unacceptable conditions” in different parts of the world, but Iran “never” will cause conflict.
He added: “If our tankers in the Caribbean or anywhere in the world encounter any problems caused by Americans, they will also face problems.” “We hope that Americans will not make mistakes.”
Five Iranian tankers currently on the high seas are expected to begin arriving in Venezuela in the next few days. They are delivering gasoline to alleviate the country ’s severe fuel shortage, which has led to lines of gas stations (even in the capital Caracas) for several days.
Venezuela said on Wednesday that if the United States launched an aggression, the aircraft and ships of the country’s armed forces would escort the tanker.
President Donald Trump imposed severe sanctions on Iran after the United States withdrew from Tehran’s 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers. The government has increased sanctions on Venezuela in an attempt to force President Nicolas Maduro to take office.
A team of American ships, including naval destroyers and other battleships, patrolled the Caribbean Sea, which US officials called the anti-drug mission. Venezuelan officials portrayed it as a threat, but US officials have not announced any plans to intercept Iranian tankers.