IRAN WARNS U.S. VS ATTACKS ON OIL TANKERS HEADING TO VENEZUELA
Iran has warned the U.S. not to commit any “pirate-like” action against fuel shipments to Venezuela, stressing that any such action against oil tankers would trigger Tehran’s “harsh response.”
On Saturday, May 16, 2020, Iran’s Nour News Agency reported the Iranian Foreign Ministry as saying: "If the U.S., just like pirates, intends to create insecurity on international waterways, it would be taking a dangerous risk, and that will certainly not go without repercussion."
Iran’s Fars News Agency claimed in a report on Saturday that the U.S. Navy has deployed its USS Detroit (LCS-7), USS Lassen (DDG-82), USS Preble (DDG-88), and USS Farragut (DDG-99) to the region along with a P8-Poseidon, a spy aircraft.
The ships are deployed in the U.S. Southern Command ‘s area of operations for a possible encounter with a group of Iranian super-tankers moving fuel to Venezuela, which recently quashed an attempted coup by a bunch of U.S. mercenaries hired by the Florida-based Silvercorp.