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Iran threatens to block the Strait of Hormuz2011-12-28 20:02
Iran threatens to block the Strait of Hormuz, which is the main sea route to export gas and oil from the countries of Persian Gulf. Currently, about 33% of global marine oil exports and 40% of global exports of petroleum products is carried out across the strait. These statements by Iran followed after the imposition of oil sanctions against the country on the side of the U.S. and the EU. "If they impose sanctions against the Iranian oil, no one would deliver even a drop of oil through the Straits of Hormuz", Ukrinform quoted First Vice-President of Iran Mohammad Reza Rahim.
According to the Vice-President, Iran is not interested in confrontation. However, the West continues to intrigue, and they need to give a harsh response.
In turn, the U.S. has coldly responded to the threat from Iran. "The statements by Tehran represent another attempt to divert attention from real problems", said State Department spokesman Mark Toner. In case of default the liabilities by Tehran associated with its nuclear program, they will introduce new sanctions, Toner said. At the same time, Iran's readiness to make concessions could lead to increased cooperation with the West. Such is the "dual strategy" of the U.S. administration, "Deutsche Welle" quoted Toner.
As recalled by the publication "News of the Federation", in December, the U.S., UK, Canada and the EU have announced new sanctions against Iran, aimed directly at the central bank of Iran and the oil industry.
It is noted that in recent years, Iran's nuclear plans are of serious concern in the world. In July, Iran has begun to install 164 centrifuges of new generation for uranium enrichment at the facility "Ford", near the city of Qom. This will allow to enrich uranium to levels necessary to produce nuclear weapons. September 12, 2011, the Bushehr nuclear power plant was put into operation. September 25, 2011, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov urged Iran to abandon the production of centrifuges for uranium enrichment.
December 2011, the Pentagon's director Leon Panetta said that the U.S. may carry out a preemptive strike on Iranian nuclear sites if Tehran continues to work on its nuclear program.