May 23, 2020 / 11:37 AM / 8 days ago

Rouhani says Iran to retaliate over any U.S. 'trouble' for Venezuela-bound tankers

DUBAI, May 23 (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, the semi-official news agency Mehr reported.

“If our tankers in the Caribbean or anywhere in the world face trouble caused by the Americans, they (the U.S.) will also be in trouble,” Rouhani said in a phone conversation with Qatar’s Emir, Mehr reported.

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.

Reporting by Dubai newsroom; editing by John Stonestreet

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