BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said Monday that the country will continue its oil shipments to Venezuela if Caracas requests more.

Mousavi said in his weekly press conference: “Iran is exercising its right to free trade with Venezuela, and it is ready to send other ships if Caracas requests more supplies from Iran.”

Iran recently sent a fleet of five tankers to Venezuela, the largest oil-producing country in South America, which is suffering from a shortage of gasoline.

The fleet of tankers carried a total of 1.53 million barrels of gasoline and oil derivatives to Venezuela, according to official sources and estimates.

These shipments caused a diplomatic confrontation between Iran and Venezuela on the one hand and the United States on the other hand, as the two countries are subject to U.S. sanctions.

A senior official said Washington was considering measures to respond, without giving details of the options.

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