Iran backs off threat to close oil strait

2012-01-01 08:46

Tehran - Talk of blocking the strategic oil route through the Strait of Hormuz is a discussion of the past, a commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guard said on Saturday in comments that seemed to back away from an earlier threat. But he said Iran had other, unspecified strategies for reacting to any Western aggression.

"Discourse about closing the Strait of Hormuz belongs to five years ago. Today's debate in the Islamic Republic of Iran contains new layers and the time has not come to raise it," General Masoud Jazayeri said in comments posted on Saturday on the Guard's website,

Jazayeri did not elaborate.

Iran's Vice President Mohamed Reza Rahimi threatened on Tuesday to close the strait, cutting off oil exports, if the West imposes sanctions on Iran's oil shipments.

Iran's navy chief Admiral Habibollah Sayyari warned on Wednesday that his country can easily close the strategic oil route at the mouth of the Persian Gulf, the passageway through which a sixth of the world's oil flows.

He took a slightly more conciliatory tone on Friday, saying Iran can choke off the vital waterway but it has no intention to do so at this point.

The US has strongly warned Iran against closing the vital waterway, saying it won't tolerate it.

  • Jerhone - 2012-01-01 09:33

    two days ago these loud mouths were ready to take on the world, what happened did someone remind them of Iraq? "But he said Iran had other, unspecified strategies for reacting to any Western aggression". yes we can bomb innocent people in American cities like the coward loud mouths we are, we can send anthrax parcles through the post so we don't get our hands dirty, we can keep treating our women like faithfull dogs and so on

  • Yar - 2012-01-01 09:56

    Just who do these snot-nosed camel drivers think they are. They sit in their sand pile and threaten the world. Their Presidential midget need to be shot with a fresh goat turd.

  • tom.s.rand - 2012-01-01 10:15

    these loud mouthed snot nosed camel drivers think they are people! I am from UK living in SA & to be honest i am not proud to be a westerner because from their point of view WE are proving to them that we ARE the INFIDELS that the extremists declare we are! Has the entire western world forgotten the saying 'YOUR ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS!' We have systematically blown up & destroyed almost every part of the middle east in the name of religion & freeking OIL!! C'mon people get off the high horses look around & wise the **** UP!

      Nibiru - 2012-01-01 10:56

      An infidel (literally "one without faith") is one who has no religious beliefs, or who doubts or rejects the central tenets of a particular religion – especially in reference to Christianity or Islam. I reckon its good to be an infidel

  • Jaba - 2012-01-01 13:22

    Iran with its tail between its hind legs... the US 5th fleet mean business, while the Iranian regime is jut all talk.

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