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Trump: Seized Iranian Fuel Shipments Taken to Texas

Trump: Seized Iranian Fuel Shipments Taken to Texas

Saturday, 15 August, 2020 - 10:45
FILE PHOTO: US President Donald Trump takes questions during a briefing on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic at the White House in Washington, US, August 12, 2020. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarqu

US President Donald Trump said Friday Iran should not be sending cargoes to Venezuela and added that four seized shipments were bound for Houston, Texas, suggesting they may have already arrived.

"They're going to Houston. And, they're there," Trump told a White House news conference. "We're moving them, and moved, to Houston."

The US earlier said it had confiscated the Iranian fuel shipments that had been bound for Venezuela.

The US Justice Department said the seized cargo was now in US custody "with the assistance of foreign partners," adding that the amount confiscated from four tankers was about 1.116 million barrels of fuel, making it the largest-ever US seizure of Iranian fuel.

The US State Department credited its outgoing special envoy for Iran for the seizure operation.

"Our diplomacy, led by Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook, was able to both halt these shipments and assist the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security in executing a US seizure order," it said in a statement.

Neither the Justice Department nor the State Department specify when, where or how the seizure took place.

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