Iran complains over US threat to Venezuela oil shipment

Article Link: https://www.dw.com/en/iran-complainsoverusthreat-to-venezuela-oil-shipment/a-53474777

Discussion posted by: Arye ben-Shaoul

Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote to the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Sunday, warning against “America’s movements in deploying its navy to the Caribbean.” Zarif complained that the US intention was to “intervene and create disruption in the transfer of Iran’s fuel to Venezuela.” The Iranian deployment consists of five tankers carrying around $45.5million (€42 million) of gasoline and related products, as part of a wider deal between Iran and Venezuela. The US has imposed sanctions both nations’ oil exports. At the same time, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi warned the Swiss ambassador to Tehran which represents US interests in Iran — against any US threat against the Iranian tankers. Araqchi said any potential threat to the vessels would be met with a quick and decisive response.