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Iran warns U.S. of interfering with oil tankers

Christian Fernsby ▼ | May 24, 2020
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Saturday that intervention by the U.S. against Iranian oil tankers sent to Venezuela will be met with retaliation.
Hassan Rouhani
President   Hassan Rouhani
"Any ‘pirate-like’ action by the U.S. Navy against the Iranian fuel shipments to Venezuela would trigger a harsh response,” said Rouhani, according to Iran’s Nour News Agency.

Topics: Iran U.S.

The Iranian leader said Tehran does not want conflict, but will not stand idle in the face of threats to its national sovereignty and territorial integrity.

"We hope Americans won't make any mistakes," he said.

Before making those comments, Rouhani spoke with Qatar’s Emir Shaikh Tamim bin Hamed al Thani, according to a written statement from the Iranian presidential office.

The two men discussed bilateral cooperation and the need to strengthen them.

Al-Thani stressed the importance of cooperation among countries in the region. "As countries of the region, we need to collaborate in safety of our waterways. We are against conflict, and will do everything in our power to reduce tension," he said.

He said economic relations with Iran is important for Qatar.