Will Iran block the Strait of Hormuz?

Will Iran block the Strait of Hormuz?
ID : N-2249 Date : 2018/07/06 - 09:41

(Persia Digest) – The IR of Iran President met with a group of Iranians resident in Switzerland on Tuesday, saying: “The Americans have claimed they will stop all oil exports from Iran. They do not understand the meaning of the word, because stopping Iran’s oil exports, but continuing the export of oil from other parts of the region is meaningless. Do it if you can and see the results.”

Persia Digest reports that this warning by Rouhani came after claims by a US official that America will bring oil exports from Iran down to zero. Some media analyses indicate that the warning by the Iranian President is about closing the Strait of Hormuz. This is a vital lifeline for oil in the Persian Gulf and one of the world’s most important waterways. Around 19 percent of the world’s oil is shipped through here.

The Kuwaiti Al Rai newspaper wrote: “If Iran acts on its threat to close the Strait of Hormuz, the price of oil will rise to 300dbp on the global market.”

Following the comments by President Rouhani, the IRGC Commander, Sardar Ghasem Soleimani, issued a statement supporting the President’s stance and announcing his readiness to carry out the decisions of the Iranian government.

Bill Orben, spokesman for the Central Command of the US Army (CENTCOM) told the Associated Press on Wednesday that US forces and its regional allies “guarantee the freedom of navigation and trade according to  international law.”

Kuwait will suffer the most if the strait is blocked; Al Ray writes: “Iran's threats to close the Strait of Hormuz are unlikely to take place, because Tehran will then have to face the whole world.” Nevertheless, Sardar Esmaeil Kowsari, Sar’Allah Barracks Deputy emphasized: “If Iranian oil is banned from export, we will not give export permission from the Strait of Hormuz.”

Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh, Head of Parliament’s National Security Commission, believes: “President Rouhani did not mean that he will close the Strait of Hormuz, because this is governed by international law and must be complied with.” But he also reiterated: “If Iran is unable to export its oil, no other country must be allowed to do so.”

It remains to be seen whether the US will be able to carry out its threats and stop Iranian oil exports, and what will be Iran’s reaction.

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