News ID: 269296
Published: 0245 GMT May 19, 2020

Zarif: US not allowed to disrupt legal trade in world

Zarif: US not allowed to disrupt legal trade in world

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Tuesday that legal trade continues around the world and the United States is not allowed to disrupt it.

The top diplomat made the remarks in response to a question about recent US threats to block the passage of Iranian tankers bound for Venezuela, according to IRNA.

“Legal trade continues in the world, and the US is not allowed to disrupt legal trade, and this is a policy that poses a threat to the whole world, not to one or two countries” the Iranian foreign minister said.

A senior official in the Trump administration told Reuters on Thursday that the US was considering measures against Iran in response to the fuel shipment to Venezuela. The official spoke on condition of anonymity.

Iran is shipping tons of gasoline to Venezuela amid US sanctions on both countries.

Reports of the shipment of Iranian fuel to Venezuela in the face of US sanctions against the two allies have infuriated Washington.

On Sunday, Zarif issued a stern warning against the provocative acts of Washington through dispatching its naval forces to the Caribbean Sea with the aim of disrupting the course of Iranian tankers, Press TV reported.

In a letter to the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Zarif described "the illegal, dangerous and provocative US threats [against the Iranian tankers]" as a form of piracy and a big threat to international peace and security.

Iran also summoned the Swiss envoy, whose country represents US interests in Tehran, to voice the country's vehement protest at the provocations.

Iran’s government’s spokesman also said on Monday Iran is ready for the worst-case scenario in its current confrontation with the US over Iranian tanker ships, stressing that Tehran-Caracas relations are not other countries’ business.

“Our foreign minister has issued necessary warnings and this issue has been also discussed by the [Iranian] administration and the Supreme National Security Council. We hope that the US would not make such a mistake, but in any case, we will take all possibilities into account and are ready for a worst-case scenario,” Ali Rabiei said.





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