Iran does not control the Strait of Hormuz: US

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The Strait of Hormuz is a strait between the Arabian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. It provides the only sea passage from the Arabian Gulf to the open ocean and is one of the world’s most strategically important choke points. About 20% of the world’s petroleum (about 35% of the petroleum traded by sea) passes through the strait, making it a highly important strategic location for international trade. Iran has repeatedly threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz to export oil if the United States moves forward with tougher sanctions.

Washington — The US administration rejected the repeated Iranian threats of disrupting other countries’ oil shipment through the Gulf if Washington presses ahead with efforts to halt Iranian oil export.

Brian Hook, US representative for Iran policy, dismissed Iranian President Hassan Rohani’s threat, noting that Iran does not control the Strait of Hormuz.

Addressing a press conference he said: “The Strait is an international waterway. The United States will continue to work with our partners to ensure freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce in international waterways.”

Hook’s remarks came in response to a statement made by Rohani earlier Tuesday in a televised speech during a trip to the northern Iranian city of Shahroud where he said: “America should know that we are selling our oil and will continue to sell our oil and they are not able to stop our oil exports.”

“If one day they want to prevent the export of Iran’s oil, then no oil will be exported” from the region, he said.

In July, Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander Ismail Kowsari was quoted as saying that Tehran would block oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz if the United States banned Iranian oil sales.

“Preventing Iran from exporting oil would mean preventing the entire region from doing so,” he said.

Iran has repeatedly threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz to export oil if the United States moves forward with tougher sanctions. — Agencies


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