Fars News Agency
January 2, 2012
A senior Iranian legislator underlined the strategic significance of the Strait of Hormuz for Iran’s defensive power, and repeated the country’s earlier warnings that it would cut off the world oil lifeline if it is threatened militarily.
“If we face the smallest military threat, we will not only close the Strait of Hormuz but also create a serious challenge for all oil tankers trafficking in the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman,” Aziz Akbarian told FNA on Monday.
“The Armed Forces of the Islamic Iran led by the Commander-in-Chief (Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei) enjoy a very high ability to defend religious leadership, the country’s soil and nation and the causes of Islam and the Revolution,” he added.
Earlier, Lieutenant Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Hossein Salami had described the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf as a part of Iran’s line of defense, and underlined that Iran responds to threats with stronger threats.
“We will respond to any threat by intensified threat and this fact has no time or geographical limitation,” Salami told reporters in Tehran on Sunday.
He underlined that “the Strait of Hormuz is a part of our defense geography as well”.
Salami also warned enemies that Iran will utilize all its possibilities and measures to strike back at aggressors if its vital interests are ever threatened.
Israel and its close ally the United States have recently intensified their war rhetoric against Iran. The two arch foes of the Islamic Republic accuse Iran of seeking a nuclear weapon, while they have never presented any corroborative document to substantiate their allegations. Both Washington and Tel Aviv possess advanced weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear warheads.
Iran vehemently denies the charges, insisting that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only. Tehran stresses that the country has always pursued a civilian path to provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.
Iran has, in return, warned that it would target Israel and its worldwide interests in case it comes under attack by the Tel Aviv.
The United States has long stressed that military action is a main option for the White House to deter Iran’s progress in the field of nuclear technology.
Iran has warned that in case of an attack by either the US or Israel, it will target 32 American bases in the Middle East and close the strategic Strait of Hormuz.
An estimated 40 percent of the world’s oil supply passes through the waterway.
This article was posted: Monday, January 2, 2012 at 3:52 am