Iran ready to ship more fuel to Venezuela despite US ‘threats’ – By Al Jazeera and news agencies (Al Jazeera) / June 1 2020
Iran sent flotilla of five fuel tankers to Venezuela, which is suffering severe shortages, defying US pressure.
Iran has said it will continue fuel shipments to Venezuela if Caracas requests more supplies, despite criticism from the United States of trade between the two nations, both under US sanctions.
“Iran practices its free trade rights with Venezuela, and we are ready to send more ships if Caracas demands more supplies from Iran,” foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi told a weekly news conference broadcast live on state television on Monday.
The first of five Iranian oil tankers arrived in Venezuela last week to help ease fuel shortages, encountering no immediate signs of US military interference. Venezuelan authorities described “threats” from the United States over the shipments.
Seeking to deter further shipments of Iranian fuel to Venezuela, Washington is monitoring the original supply. It has warned governments, seaports, shippers and insurers that they could face measures if they aid the Iranian tankers.