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Iran issues new oil blockade warning

2012-07-14 22:17

Dubai - Iran could prevent even "a single drop of oil" passing through the Strait of Hormuz if its security is threatened, a naval chief said on Saturday, as tensions simmer over Tehran's nuclear programme.

Tehran will increase its military presence in international waters, said Ali Fadavi, naval commander in Iran's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

"If they [the US] do not obey international laws and the IRGC's warnings, it will have very bad consequences for them," Fadavi said, according to Iran's Fars News Agency.

"The IRGC's naval forces have had the ability since the [Iran-Iraq] war to completely control the Strait of Hormuz and not allow even a single drop of oil to pass through."

Fadavi added: "IRGC special naval forces are present on all of the Islamic Republic of Iran's ships in the Indian Ocean and to its east and west, to prevent any movement.

"This IRGC naval force presence in international waters will increase."

Iran has repeatedly threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz shipping channel, through which 40% of the world's sea-borne oil exports passes, in retaliation for sanctions placed on its crude exports by Western powers.

The sanctions were imposed over Iran's nuclear programme, which the West suspects is aimed at creating an atomic weapon. Iran says the programme is for peaceful energy purposes.

The United States has beefed up its presence in the Gulf, adding a navy ship last week to help mine-clearing operations if Iran were to act on threats to block the strait.

Tehran said last month it was building more warships, in part to guard Iranian cargo ships from pirates, and Iranian military leaders often assert Iran's strength in the region and dominance in the Strait of Hormuz.

Military analysts have cast doubt on Iran's willingness to block the slender waterway, given the massive US-led retaliation it would likely incur.

Comments
  • Squeegee - 2012-07-14 22:26

    Iran could not even block a hosepipe. Ten minutes after taking action its subs will be destroyed and most of its military infrastructure.

  • anneck.cranke - 2012-07-14 22:32

    Time to nuke Iran!

      spartanx93 - 2012-07-14 22:43

      nukes are not necessary. Many innocent lives will be lost due to a few crazy politicians. the US has enough smart bombs to cripple iran's infrastructure and crush its current regime.

      anneck.cranke - 2012-07-14 22:48

      Whatever bombs are used, nuclear, carpet bombs... must be done now. Barack Obama has had four years and done absolutely nothing, which shows how naive he is.

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-07-15 00:43

      Madness. Give the sanctions time, it's biting, hence all the threats.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-15 03:55

      Regretably those are your personal antisocial desires Muedes. In reality China is substantially reducing imports, as is India. Sad that you would support a truly oppressive regime.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-15 10:26

      Time to nuke Iran for what? I am honestly interested in hearing why this country needs to be attacked. I've heard that they have 3000 year old history and in most of that time have never attacked or declared war against anyone. Why is it that the Persians need to be attacked?

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-15 11:04

      You're not "honestly interested". Countless times it's been explained to you that the Iranian regime is not the "Persian people", that it adjusts elections to hold onto powe, effectively stealing the Iranian state from the Persoan people. I don't want war. However, the Iranian people must be helped when they decide enough is enough. Or Syria will happen again, on a bigge scale. You're not really interested in hearing this either due to your immature anti-West core belief.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-15 11:37

      "Countless times it's been explained to you that the Iranian regime is not the "Persian people", What happened to the Persians then, or the Jews/Egyptians of biblical time for that matter?

      dave.kofang - 2012-07-15 13:28

      You nuke Iran,Russia n China will nuke you.

      dave.kofang - 2012-07-15 13:28

      You nuke Iran,Russia n China will nuke you.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-15 13:52

      Dave, that's also an immature world view, and equally violent and destructive as the ones posted here. Russia and especially China are highly dependent on the freer world. They would be destroying themselves were they to do what you suggest. The Iranian regime is illegitimate, like North Korea, Zimbabwe and Syria. If push came to shove, there would be little reason for Russia and China to support it. This is the unconscionable failure of the freer world's leadership right now, in regard to Syria.

      dave.kofang - 2012-07-15 16:29

      Its Fred again with his FREE WORLD nonsense.I asked him is Bahrain,Saudi arabia,Oman,Qatar,Jordan elected governments?Where did Bahrain get da weapons to crush the protest?Blind loyalty will take you nowhere.Why cant the west try to impose their DEMOCRACY on China and see what will happen.

      dave.kofang - 2012-07-15 16:29

      Its Fred again with his FREE WORLD nonsense.I asked him is Bahrain,Saudi arabia,Oman,Qatar,Jordan elected governments?Where did Bahrain get da weapons to crush the protest?Blind loyalty will take you nowhere.Why cant the west try to impose their DEMOCRACY on China and see what will happen.

      ricky.hammer.92 - 2012-07-16 07:55

      Dave - China's regime will collapse on it's own one day, too much corruption in the commie ranks. Then china will split into shards. Tibet will be free'd ,Taiwan may rejoin nationalist china,the muslim regions in Xianjang(sic) will be free'd and so on.

  • frothmann - 2012-07-14 22:43

    Petrol price increase here we come.

      micheal.moolman - 2012-07-15 07:14

      Yip chap! you also see the plot.

  • tommo.too - 2012-07-15 02:33

    They must just try to close the straights of hormiz snd see what happens to them....

  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-15 03:57

    Echoes of the Apartheid government with regard to SA's minerals. Didn't work. Neither will it for the Iranian regime.

  • micheal.moolman - 2012-07-15 07:11

    Don't you just love it! As the world economy stutters and slows, we get stories like this - and what happens to the price of oil... it either stabalizes or goes up. Who are the winners! the very countries who stand to gain the most out of such stories...Iran. Very smart strategy by them.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-15 11:39

      "Who are the winners!" The money changers in New York and the City of London!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-15 13:54

      Fidel's obsessive and immature anti-West core belief distorting reality again.

  • Felix Njewa Kankhukwa - 2012-07-15 07:38

    oil birthright of all!

      Henk - 2012-07-15 08:41

      The only birthright you get is the air you breath beggar!

  • kathleen.whiteley.7 - 2012-07-15 07:38

    They'll still sell it, and we'll buy it. Calm down.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-15 11:06

      A little out of touch. Heard of the oil sanctions that are substantially reducing the purchase of Iranian oil?

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-07-15 23:50

    We heard the same kind of talk coming out of the mouth of Sadam, Gadaffi and ......ooohh yes Bin Laden......so it is clear then history is setting itself up to play us another middle east chapter. As the world begins to realize that the USA is not the custodian of the 'WEST' anymore, YES! As we watch the proceedings on our lovely flat screen TV's after driving to the nearest McDonalds for the Burger and Coke, in our air-cooled luxury vehicles. Eating our fries as the latest missile technology, with HD camera's mounted on the front shows our friends on Face Book how the WEST blows the SHH**&£t out of fundamental idealist religious thugs........sharing the experience on PC's, Lap tops, iPads and smart phones.....and we all welcome the Zuckerberg Revolution. Welcome to the new Western World Revolution......... we are all in...................except the religious syco's who believe their greatest glory is virgins in the sky........ they still have not realized that Branson has got that one covered already.

      ricky.hammer.92 - 2012-07-16 07:39

      That's the deep insight we miss on the mideast threads most of the time. Fidel - read Glens paragraph here over and over until it sinks in. This world is the west's toy to play with. Then the moon will belong to the west. Then Mars. Enjoy your week folks.

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