Foreign Policy
Mon May 18, 2020 3:34
US Action against Iranian Tankers in Caribbean Could Trigger Tehran's Action on US Ships in PG, Indian Ocean
TEHRAN (FNA)- The vast presence of the US cargo vessels in international waters from the Persian Gulf to the Indian Ocean is a main leverage against Washington requiring the White House to think twice before taking hostile action against the Iranian oil tankers in the Caribbean.

Iran on Sunday summoned the Swiss ambassador whose embassy represents the US interests in Tehran, and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote a letter to the UN chief to warn of the consequences of any US wrong move against the Iranian tankers on a voyage to the western hemisphere.

Nour News website, close to Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), wrote that in addition to the Iranian political officials’ warning against the US piracy, one of the most important deterrents can be the vast presence of the American cargo ships in the international waters of the Persian Gulf, the Sea of Oman, the Indian Ocean and the Red Sea and the Islamic Republic’s extensive capacities for retaliation.

It added that Iran’s political warning, given the previous experiences, will certainly be followed by increased control on shipping in the nearby and faraway waters and more preparedness to give a proper response to different possibilities.

Zarif sent a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to caution over likely US menace against Iranian oil tankers in the Caribbean, stressing that America would be responsible for ensuing consequences.

Zarif described the US' provocative threats as piracy and a big threat to world peace and security, stressing that the US must stop bullying in the world and respect the rule of the international law, especially freedom of shipping in high seas.

Calling the US government responsible for the repercussions of any illegal move, the top diplomat underlined Iran's right to take necessary measures to counter these threats.

Furthermore, Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi summoned Swiss ambassador, urging him to convey Iran's serious warning on any likely threats by the US against Iranian tankers.

He said any threat against Iranian oil tankers would be instantly responded with a decisive response by Iran, and that the US government would be responsible for all consequences.

The Swiss envoy also announced that he would immediately convey the matter to US officials.

On Sunday, Iranian Government Spokesman Ali Rabiyee blasted the US interference in trade exchange between Iran and Venezuela, and stressed that Iran will not hesitate to sell its oil.

“Iran and Venezuela are two sovereign states. Besides conducting trade and business activity with other countries, Iran has commercial exchanges with Venezuela, too,” Rabiyee said.

He pointed to some rumors spread in the recent weeks on the trade exchanges between Tehran and Caracas, and added, “Iran sells goods to Venezuela and buys goods in exchange. This trade is none of anybody’s business.”

The government spokesman further said, “We will not hesitate to sell our oil in global markets”.

 

 

 

 

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