Venezuela says it will escort the Iranian tankers once they reach its exclusive economic zone [Fars News/West Asia News Agency via Reuters]

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned on Saturday of retaliatory measures against the United States if Washington caused problems for tankers carrying Iranian fuel to Venezuela.

A flotilla of five tankers carrying Iranian fuel for gasoline-starved Venezuela is approaching the Caribbean, with the first expected to reach the country’s waters on Sunday, according to Refinitiv Eikon tracking data.

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“If our tankers in the Caribbean or anywhere in the world face trouble caused by the Americans, they [the US] will also be in trouble,” Rouhani said in a telephone conversation with Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani , the semi-official news

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