Iran again threatens to close Strait of Hormuz

Iran again threatens to close Strait of Hormuz

Iran will disrupt oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz, if the United States tries to strangle Tehran’s economy by halting its oil exports, the commander of the Revolutionary Guards’ navy, General Alireza Tangsiri said.

"According to international law, the Strait of Hormuz is a marine passageway,"  Tangsiri recalled. "If we are barred from using it, we will shut it down," the Fars news agency cited him as saying.

"In case of any threat, we will have not even an iota of doubt to protect and defend the Iranian waters," Tangsiri added.

About 20% of the world's oil and about a third of all petroleum shipped by sea passing through the Strait of Hormuz.

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