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5/23, 1:47 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Iran warns US of retaliation over tankers

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned on Saturday his country would retaliate against the United States if it causes "trouble" to Tehran's fuel tankers en route to Venezuela.

"If our tankers in the Caribbean or anywhere in the world face trouble caused by the Americans, they will also be in trouble," Rouhani said according to news agency Mehr.

Five Iranian tankers carrying fuel are currently approaching Venezuela, whose permanent envoy to the United Nations Samuel Moncada warned could come under attack from the US. "Today we alerted the UN Security Council and Secretary-General Antonio Guterres of the threat of imminent use of military force by the United States against Iranian vessels carrying Venezuelan-directed gasoline. An act of war under international law," Moncada tweeted.

Breaking the News / JC