Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif addressed UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, warning that Tehran will respond to the US in case of threats to tankers carrying fuel to Venezuela.
“The Iranian Foreign Minister in a letter called illegal, provocative, and dangerous threats to the US by sea piracy, saying that they pose a danger to the region. Zarif also recalled that the US government is responsible for the consequences of any kind of illegal action, stressing that Iran has the right to take the necessary measures to counter these threats,” the statement released by the Iranian Foreign Ministry said.
Also, in this regard, the Swiss Ambassador representing the interests of the United States in Tehran was summoned to the Iranian Foreign Ministry, to whom the Deputy Foreign Minister of Iran, Abbas Arakchi, asked to convey to Washington a corresponding warning from the Iranian authorities.
Earlier, Reuters, citing a senior representative of the administration of US President Donald Trump, reported that Washington is considering measures that can be taken to Iran, which supplied oil to Venezuela.
Also, the Agency reports that, according to this official, Washington has a high degree of confidence that the Venezuelan government is paying Iran “tons of gold” in return.
The United States, in 2018, unilaterally withdrew from the agreement with Iran on its nuclear program. It re-imposed sanctions against Tehran, including secondary ones, that is, against other countries doing business with Iran. Washington stated its goal to bring Iran’s oil exports to zero and called on its buyers to abandon such purchases.