Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned on Saturday of retaliatory measures towards the US if Washington triggered problems for tankers carrying Iranian gas to Venezuela.
A flotilla of 5 tankers carrying Iranian gas for gasoline-starved Venezuela is coming approach the Caribbean, with the first anticipated to prevail within the country’s waters on Sunday, in line with Refinitiv Eikon tracking data.
“If our tankers within the Caribbean or wherever on this planet face peril triggered by the Americans, they [the US] will additionally be in peril,” Rouhani talked about in a telephone conversation with Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani , the semi-legitimate data agency Mehr reported.
“Iran isn’t any longer going to ever provoke a conflict,” Rouhani talked about. “Now we accept as true with repeatedly the helpful steady to shield our sovereignty and territorial integrity and to aid our national interests, and we hope that the Americans will no longer commit an error.”
Iran oil cargo: Venezuelan military to escort gas tankers
Iran is supplying about 1.53 million barrels of gasoline and alkylate to Venezuela, in line with each and each governments, sources and calculations made by TankerTrackers.com in line with the vessels’ draft phases.
The shipments accept as true with triggered a diplomatic standoff between Iran and Venezuela and the US as each and each international locations are beneath US sanctions. Washington is pondering measures in response, in line with a senior US legitimate, who didn’t elaborate on any alternate options being weighed.
The US no longer too long ago beefed up its naval presence within the Caribbean for what it talked about became an expanded anti-drug operation. However a Pentagon spokesman, Jonathan Hoffman, talked about on Thursday he became no longer aware about any operations linked to the Iranian cargoes.
Venezuela’s defence minister has talked about its military will escort the Iranian tankers when they attain the nation’s odd financial zone (EEZ).
TankerTrackers.com estimated the lead vessel within the flotilla, the Fortune, would approach in Venezuela’s EEZ between 9pm and 11pm native time (01:00-03:00 GMT), in line with time and amble calculations.
Iran seized a British-flagged tanker within the Gulf final year after British forces detained an Iranian tanker off the territory of Gibraltar. Each and each vessels had been launched after a months-long standoff.