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Washington sent a message to Iran

2012-01-16 12:38

U.S. sent a message to Iran on the situation around the Strait of Hormuz, said the Foreign Ministry spokesman of the Islamic Republic Ramin Mehmanparast, VZGLIAD reported.

The message was sent to three different channels. It was handled by the U.S. permanent representative to the UN Susan Rice to the Iranian representative Mohammad Khazaee, and also was received through the mediation of Iraqi President Jalal Talabani and through the Swiss Embassy which represents U.S. interests in Tehran.

Mehmanparast did not speak about the content of the message. He noted that they haven't received a response. "We examine the letter, if the answer will be necessary, we'll give it", the diplomat said.

December 27, First Vice President of Iran Mohammad Reza Rahimi warned that Iran was going to close the Strait of Hormuz if the West will impose sanctions on oil exports from the Islamic Republic.

According to Rahimi, his country was focused only on friendly relations with other countries, but Western states continue to put pressure on Iran. If the Western countries do not stop their aggressive foreign policy toward Tehran, Iran will be forced to answer tough, vice-president said.

In response, the command of the Fifth Fleet of US Navy, stationed in Bahrain, stated it would not allow to overlap navigation in the Strait of Hormuz.

"Free traffic of goods and services across the Strait of Hormuz is vital to regional and global prosperity. Anyone, who threatens the free navigation in international waters of the strait, opposes itself against the international community. Obstructing navigation is unacceptable", said in a statement of the Fifth Fleet.

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