Saturday, July 7, 2012
Iranian Chief of Staff Gen. Seyed Hassan Firouzabadi said Saturday that Iran is prepared for a situation in which it would need to close the Strait of Hormuz, but would not do so unless the country’s interests were seriously at risk, Iran’s ISNA news agency reported.
The chief of staff clarified that Tehran has a plan for closing the strait, just has it has various other military plans for different situations. He also highlighted the importance of the Strait, and emphasized that Iran was acting rationally.
More than a third of the world’s seaborne oil exports pass through the narrow Strait of Hormuz from the oilfields of Saudi Arabia, Iran, Kuwait, Iraq, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar. Qatar’s liquefied natural gas exports are all shipped through Hormuz.
The United States has quietly increased its military presence in the Persian Gulf to deter Tehran from attempting to shut the Strait, according to a New York Times report published Tuesday.
This article was posted: Saturday, July 7, 2012 at 3:29 am