On Saturday, Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif slammed alleged plans by the US Navy to intercept Iranian tankers as “illegal, dangerous, and provocative” acts, which he said look like “an act of piracy”.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi has warned that “the US itself will have to suffer repercussions that arise out of any unthinking measure [that it could take]” against Venezuelan-bound Iranian fuel tankers.
He pointed out that if the US “does not like a country, this does not give it any grounds to prevent legal trade among countries, [take them under] sanctions, and cause trouble for them”.
Mousavi spoke as Iran’s Press TV cited an unnamed Iranian military official as saying that “international waters should remain safe either for all oil tankers or none”.
The remarks come after Iran on Sunday summoned the Swiss ambassador to the country, representing Washington’s interests, to lodge a protest against the US Navy’s alleged plans to intercept its tankers that were en route to Venezuela with a cargo of fuel. The plans have not been officially confirmed by either the White House or the Pentagon.
He was echoed by Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif who warned the US against intercepting or pursuing Iranian tankers in a letter sent to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. The Foreign Minister slammed the alleged plans by the US Navy to intercept the Iranian tankers as “illegal, dangerous, and provocative” acts.