He said: "If our tankers in the Caribbean or anywhere in the world face trouble caused by the Americans, the USA will also be in trouble". Both the Iranian and Venezuelan oil sectors are now suffering due to American sanctions.
Washington is considering measures in response, according to a senior USA official, who did not elaborate on any options being weighed.
The first of five Iranian vessels bringing millions of barrels of gasoline to fuel-starved Venezuela is set to arrive today, according to Venezuelan state media.
"When they enter our exclusive economic zone, they will be escorted by Bolivarian National Armed Forces boats and planes to welcome them in and thank the Iranian people for their solidarity and co-operation", Venezuelan Defence Minister Gen Vladimir Padrino said on state television on Tuesday.More news: The Locked Vaults in Call Of Duty Warzone are Opening
"We have always had the legitimate right to defend the sovereignty and territorial integrity and to serve our national interests, and we hope that the Americans will not make a mistake". It has been navigating with its satellite signal since it passed the Suez Canal earlier in May. The four other vessels are following the same route across the Atlantic Ocean, the Eikon data showed.
Iran-flagged tanker Fortune, the first in the flotilla, was approaching the Caribbean Sea.
A force of USA vessels, including Navy destroyers and other combat ships, patrol the Caribbean on what US officials call a drug interdiction mission.
Venezuela was consuming 170,000 bpd of gasoline before coronavirus-related lockdown measures.More news: Hana Kimura, Pro Wrestler and ‘Terrace House’ Cast Member, Dies at 22
"I will put it very, very clearly on the record that this government will be doing absolutely nothing to facilitate in any way, the passage of any Iranian flagships carrying petroleum products to Venezuela", he said.
Fuel sales at stations declined to about 40,000 bpd due to rationing, according to independent calculations.
Over a decade of mismanagement and lack of staff, combined with USA sanctions that since 2019 have limited imports, Venezuela's refineries are in poor condition.
"It is quite wrong, especially for those in this parliament, to give this erroneous impression that we do not comply with United Nations resolutions and sanctions, which we do and this government continues to abide by United Nations resolutions", he added.More news: Churches must reopen this weekend