Iran's second fuel tanker sails into Venezuela's waters: Telesur
Iran Press TV
Monday, 25 May 2020 4:43 PM
The Venezuelan media announce that a second Iranian tanker loaded with gasoline has sailed into the South American country's territorial waters.
Venezuela's Telesur television network said on Monday that the Iranian vessel, Forest, had entered the territorial waters of the Latin American country, and just like Fortune – the first Iranian tanker – was escorted by the Venezuelan Navy to its destination.
"Iranian ship Forest approaches Venezuelan coasts. Military forces of that country affirm that in the next few hours she will cross the north of the island of Margarita to continue heading to the El Palito refinery," Telesur said in a post on its Twitter account.
The first of five Iranian tankers carrying 1.53 million barrels of gasoline and alkylate reached Venezuelan waters late Saturday to ease the Latin American nation's fuel crunch.
The shipments have stirred the wrath of the US administration in Washington as both Iran and Venezuela are under illegal sanctions imposed by the White House.
The administration of President Donald Trump, which has returned US sanctions against Iran after leaving a historic nuclear accord between the Islamic Republic and world powers, said earlier this month that it was considering "measures" to take in response to the shipments.
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani warned on Saturday of retaliatory measures against the United States if it caused problems for tankers.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has also dismissed threats of harassment for the shipments, insisting that Tehran and Caracas "both want peace, and we have the right to trade freely."
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