02:30 GMT10 August 2020
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    Faxon is a part of of a five-tanker flotilla sent by Iran to ferry a cargo of gasoline and refining components to Venezuela.

    An Iranian tanker called Faxon has sailed into Venezuela's waters, becoming the fourth such vessel to arrive there recently.

    According to Iran Front Page, the ship is already being escorted by the Venezuelan armed forces while en route to its destination.

    Faxon is a part of a five-tanker flotilla dispatched by Iran to the South American country, carrying gasoline and refining components which are meant to help Venezuela deal with a fuel deficit that emerged after its oil sector was hit by crushing US sanctions and asset seizures.

    While the United States started tracking the ships as they set sail, and even reportedly threatened to intercept them, Iran warned that any attempt to do so would constitute an “act of piracy,” and that Tehran would have “the right to take the necessary steps to counter [US] threats.”

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