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Iran cannot close Strait of Hormuz: observers

Strait of Hormuz

Observers who spoke to The Baghdad Post said that the Iranian regime's threats to block the Strait of Hormuz if Iran cannot sell its oil under the U.S. pressure are not serious.

 

They pointed out that the mullah's regime cannot close the Strait of Hormuz because it is considered a global waterway, adding that its closure will be a declaration of war against the whole world.

 

 

"The Americans have claimed they want to completely stop Iran’s oil exports. They don’t understand the meaning of this statement because it has no meaning for Iranian oil not to be exported while the region’s oil is exported, so do it and you will see the consequences”, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said during his visit to Austria.

 

 

In an attempt to correct Rouhani's reckless remarks, the head of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of the Iranian parliament, Hishmatullah Faht Bisha confirmed that Iran cannot close the Strait of Hormuz, saying that Rouhani's remarks did not mean the closure of the Strait of Hormuz.

 

Bisha stressed that Iran will not violate the international treaties, adding that the United States' actions against Iran are an example of Washington's lack of respect for international treaties.

 

On Wednesday, Commander of the Iranian Quds Force militias, Qasem Soleimani praised Rouhani's remarks, saying that that Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) is ready to implement a policy preventing regional oil exports if Iranian oil sales were banned by the United States.

 

"Your valuable statement that said there will be no guarantees for oil exports from this region unless the Islamic Republic of Iran can also export its oil as well as and the closure of the Strait of Hormuz were a source of pride", Soleimani said in a tweet to praise Rouhani's remarks.

 

Rouhani's remarks came after the U.S. Department of State announced that the administration of President Donald Trump aims to reduce Iranian oil revenues to zero.

 

On the other hand, U.S. Central Command spokesperson Navy Captain Bill Urban criticized Rouhani's remarks, in which he threatened to prevent oil exports and the closure of the Strait of Hormuz.

 

Urban stressed that the United States and its allies will provide and promote security and stability in the region.

 

 

According to Associated Press, Urban said that American sailors and its regional allies will "stand ready to ensure the freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce wherever international law allows.”

 

U.S. State of Department Director of Policy Planning Brian Hook, who runs negotiations with U.S. allies on a new strategy for Iran, said that Washington is confident there is sufficient global spare oil capacity.

Last Modified: Friday، 06 July 2018 06:48 PM
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