The initial of five tankers carrying Iranian fuel has achieved gasoline-starved Venezuela in a exhibit of defiance by two U.S. adversaries flouting American sanctions aimed at unseating their authoritarian governments.

As the initial vessel entered Venezuelan waters late Saturday, Iran’s nationwide anthem sounded on Venezuela point out tv versus pictures of the late Islamic revolutionary Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini as black-chador-lined females march with an Iranian flag—jarring sights for the rum-and-attractiveness-pageant-loving South…