On Saturday, an Iranian news agency close to the nation’s elite Revolutionary Guards had reported that Tehran’s naval forces had been gearing themselves up to target US Commercial vessels in the Gulf last month in case the US forces had intervened Iran’s Venezuela-bound oil tankers.
In point of fact, Iran sent a fleet of five oil tankers to its petroleum-starved LATAM ally Venezuela in May, while the report had also quoted top Iranian officials as saying that Iran would continue to provide assistance to Caracas if required despite the Trump Administration’s criticism on the trade between the two nations.
However, latest round of trading fresh barbs between Tehran and Washington came forth as the Trump Administration had been planning to put sanctions on dozens of foreign cargo carriers aimed at crippling the Iranian oil tankers’ vessel-to-vessel transferring of oil in the sea, the way Iran alongside Venezuela had been averting US sanctions thus far.
Iran planned to attack US commercial vessels last month
Meanwhile, referring to a growing military pressure on Venezuela that could impose threat to the Iranian oil tankers, the Iranian press agency Noor news said on its website on Sunday, “According to reports received by Noor News, after increasing military threats against Iranian vessels headed for Venezuela, an order was issued to Iran’s armed forces to identify and track several U.S.
merchant vessels in the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. Options for reciprocal action were immediately identified and monitored for possible operations” Apart from that, followed by a latest US sanction on both Venezuela and Iran aimed at crippling the oil-dependent nations’ key source of earning, Iran had lodged a complaint in the United Nations last month saying that Washington could take actions against Iranian tankers.
However, tensions were jittering in the Gulf since 2018, while the US President Donald Trump had withdrawn the United States from Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal and had started off to incline sanctions on such a Gulf country, that controlled the strategically critical strait of Hormuz, accountable for nearly a fifth of world’s entire crude oil transportation.