The U.S. Department of Justice said on Friday that the United States had seized and confiscated four Iranian fuel shipments en route to Venezuela, describing it as the largest U.S. seizure of Iranian fuel ever.
The Department of Justice said it had implemented an order issued by a U.S. court in the District of Columbia to confiscate the shipments
They said that, as reported by Reuters, with the help of foreign partners, the confiscated shipments are now under U.S. control.
It stated that the total shipments amounted to about 1.116 million barrels of petroleum products.
An Iranian official responded to what was reported by the Wall Street Journal regarding the U.S. detention of Iranian tankers while they were heading to Venezuela, stating that these claims were not true.
The Iranian official, whose name was not revealed by the official Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), said that no Iranian tanker or cargo has been seized.
He added, “The Islamic Republic of Iran has announced several times that it will respond to any hostile steps aimed at restricting its legitimate and legal rights and has not allowed any country to undertake such acts.”
Source: Almasdarnews, August 14th, 2020