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Iran could easily block vital oil route, admiral warns

Posted By admin On December 28, 2011 @ 8:03 am In World News | Comments Disabled

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December 28, 2011

Iran could easily block oil flows through the Strait of Hormuz, a vital transit route for Persian Gulf oil, if Western governments impose further sanctions on the Islamic state, Iran’s navy commander said Wednesday.

“Blocking the Strait of Hormuz would be as easy for us as drinking a glass of water, but for the time being there is no need to do so,” Admiral Habibollah Sayari told Iranian Press TV.
The European Union has threatened to expand its sanctions on Iran, after the UN atomic watchdog published a report in November expressing “serious concern” over the country’s controversial nuclear program. EU foreign ministers plan to discuss a possible Iranian oil embargo at their next meeting on January 30.

The admiral’s comments follow a televised statement by Iranian Vice President Mohammd-Reza Rahimi, who on Tuesday warned that Iran would not allow “one drop of oil” to cross the Strait of Hormuz, should Western governments impose further sanctions.

Rahimi is President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s first deputy, but his remarks are not necessarily Tehran’s official stance, as he is mainly responsible for domestic affairs.

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[1] DPA: http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/iran-could-easily-block-vital-oil-route-admiral-warns-1.404101

[2] U.S. warns Iran not to block Strait of Hormuz: http://www.prisonplanet.com/u-s-warns-iran-not-to-block-strait-of-hormuz.html

[3] Oil price falls after US warns Iran over threat to close Gulf supply route: http://www.prisonplanet.com/oil-price-falls-after-us-warns-iran-over-threat-to-close-gulf-supply-route.html

[4] Iran Has Ability to Block Strait of Hormuz, U.S. General Dempsey Tells CBS: http://www.prisonplanet.com/iran-has-ability-to-block-strait-of-hormuz-u-s-general-dempsey-tells-cbs.html

[5] Iran Now Says It Will Not Block The Strait Of Hormuz: http://www.prisonplanet.com/iran-now-says-it-will-not-block-the-strait-of-hormuz.html

[6] Iran: We can block off PG in blink of an eye: http://www.prisonplanet.com/iran-we-can-block-off-pg-in-blink-of-an-eye.html

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