TEHRAN, May 17 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Sunday said that the U.S. attempts to disrupt the course of Iranian tankers carrying fuel for Venezuela are "dangerous" and "provocative" acts, Press TV reported.
In a letter to the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Sunday, Zarif described "the illegal, dangerous and provocative U.S. threats" against the Iranian tankers as a form of piracy and a big threat to international peace and security.
"The United States must stop acting as a bully at international level and respect the rule of international laws, in particular the right to free shipping in free waters," he said in his letter.
Zarif noted that the U.S. administration would be responsible for the consequences of any "illegal move" in this regard.
Iran preserves the right to adopt appropriate and necessary measures in the face of such threats, he added.
On Wednesday, Western media reported that "at least one tanker carrying fuel loaded at an Iranian port has set sail for Venezuela ... which could help ease an acute scarcity of gasoline in the South American country."
Accordingly, the White House announced on Thursday the United States was considering measures it could take in response to Iran's shipment of fuel to crisis-stricken Venezuela. Enditem