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An Iranian news agency close to the elite Revolutionary Guard said on Saturday that there would be consequences if the United States acted “just like sea thiefs” against an Iranian fuel shipment to Venezuela.
*A senior official in President Donald Trump’s administration told Reuters News Agency last week the US was considering measures it could take in response to Iran’s shipment of fuel to crisis-stricken Venezuela.
The oil sectors of Iran and Venezuela, members of OPEC, are both under US sanctions. The Trump administration official declined to specify the measures being weighed, but said options would be presented to Trump.*
“If the United States, just like sea thiefs, intends to create insecurity on international waterways, it would be taking a dangerous risk, and that will certainly not go without repercussion,” Iran’s Nour news agency said.
Not Less than one tanker carrying fuel loaded at an Iranian port has set sail for Venezuela, as said by the vessel-tracking data from Refinitiv Eikon, which could help reduce an acute shortage of petrol in the South American country.
“Venezuela and Iran are both independent states that have had and will continue to have trade relations with each other,” Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabiei was quoted as saying by the YJC news website, linked to Iran’s state broadcaster.
“We sell goods and buy goods in return. This trade has nothing to do with anyone else. We have to sell our oil, and we have ways to do it,” Rabiei said, saying he had no information about the Venezuela-bound vessel.