Iran's defense minister had pledged that the military would escort the tankers once they reached Venezuela's exclusive economic zone due to what authorities described as threats from the United States.
The first of five Iranian tankers carrying fuel for gasoline-starved Venezuela approached the South American country's waters on Saturday afternoon, despite a U.S. official's warning that Washington was considering a response to the shipment.
As of 4:51 p.m. local time, the tanker - named Fortune - was passing north of the neighboring dual-island Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago, Refinitiv Eikon data showed.
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