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.


“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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