Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned the United States not to interfere with a shipment of gasoline to Venezuela after the South American country said it would provide armed escorts for the ships. In a message posted on his website, Rouhani said the United States had created "unacceptable conditions" in different parts of the world, but that "under no circumstances" would Iran be the one to initiate a conflict.
"If our oil tankers in the Caribbean or anywhere in the world encounter problems caused by Americans, they will have problems too," he wrote. "We hope that Americans do not make a mistake."
The five Iranian ships on the high seas are expected to begin arriving in Venezuela in the next few days. They take gasoline to ease severe supply restrictions in the country, which have caused queues that last for days at gas stations, including in the capital, Caracas.
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