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Obama secretly warns Iran against closing Strait of Hormuz, report says

Posted By admin On January 13, 2012 @ 4:06 am In Featured Stories,Tile,World News | Comments Disabled

Haaretz [1]
Friday, January 13, 2012

The administration of President Barack Obama used secret channels to warn Iran against closing the Strait of Hormuz, the New York Times reported on Friday, amid recent tensions over the possible closing of the strategic waterway.

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On Friday, the New York Times reported that Obama used secret channels to warn Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei against closing the strategic waterway, saying that such a move was a “red line” that would prompt a U.S. response.

According to the report, U.S. officials indicated that the clandestine communication was chosen to privately stress to what extent Washington was concerned over the Strait of Hormuz.

The New York Times cited Navy officials as indicating that the U.S.’s greatest fear was that an Iranian military official would undertake a provocation of his own, a move that would spark a larger confrontation.

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[1] Haaretz: http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/obama-secretly-warns-iran-against-closing-strait-of-hormuz-report-says-1.407160

[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] Report: Iran To Practice Closing Strait Of Hormuz: http://www.prisonplanet.com/report-iran-to-practice-closing-strait-of-hormuz.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] West plans to tap oil reserves if Iran blocks Strait of Hormuz: http://www.prisonplanet.com/west-plans-to-tap-oil-reserves-if-iran-blocks-strait-of-hormuz.html

[6] Iran Denies Blocking Strait of Hormuz: http://www.prisonplanet.com/iran-denies-blocking-strait-of-hormuz.html

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