Tehran, Iran.

The Iranian President, Hasan Rohaní, warned this Saturday that United States can have problems if the oil tankers Iran they suffer some mishap in the Caribbean because of them.

“If our oil tankers in the Caribbean or anywhere in the world are in trouble for the Americans, they, reciprocally, will also have problems,” he stressed. Rohaní in a telephone conversation with the emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad al Zani, according to the official website of the Iranian presidency.

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“We hope that the Americans are not mistaken,” said Rohaní, when five Iranian ships carrying gasoline for Venezuela are approaching the Caribbean and the first ship is expected to reach the waters of the South American country on Sunday.

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Rohaní He affirmed that Tehran will not initiate any conflict, but that it reserves “the legitimate right to defend sovereignty and territorial integrity” and its national interests, “while reiterating the importance of security in the region.

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For his part, Al Zani stressed that Qatar opposes any escalation of the situation and assured: “We will make every effort to reduce tensions.”

The Government of Nicolás Maduro denounced yesterday before the UN alleged threats of United States against Iranian ships.

Iran and Venezuela have had a very close relationship since the time of the now deceased President Hugo Chávez (1999-2013), based on opposition to United States, which keeps both countries under sanctions.

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Venezuela is experiencing a drop in the production of oil and derivatives due to the problems that have paralyzed several of its refineries, affected by sanctions and a lack of investment.

The Iranian energy sector is also greatly weakened by sanctions imposed in 2018 by the United States that prohibit the export of crude from Iran.

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