TEHRAN, May 23 (Xinhua) -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday warned the United States against causing trouble for the Venezuela-bound Iranian fuel vessels, official IRNA news agency reported.
"If the United States causes any problem for our oil tankers in the Caribbean Sea or any other parts of the world, it will run into trouble reciprocally," the Iranian president said in a telephone conversation with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.
While highlighting Iran's right to defend its national interests, Rouhani said his country will never be the initiator of any conflict with the United States.
He expressed the hope that "the Americans would not make a mistake" concerning the Iranian vessels.
The White House announced last week that the United States was considering measures it could take in response to Iran's shipment of fuel to crisis-stricken Venezuela.