US warns Iran not to block oil route

2011-12-28 22:13

Washington - The United States warned Iran on Wednesday against any attempt to disrupt shipping in the Strait of Hormuz, after Tehran issued threats over the vital oil route.

"Interference with the transit... of vessels through the Strait of Hormuz will not be tolerated," said Pentagon press secretary George Little.

Iran's Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi threatened to close the strait if the West imposed more sanctions on Iran as the country's navy held exercises in international waters to the east of the channel.

To increase pressure on Iran over its disputed nuclear program, the United States and the European Union are weighing new sanctions against Tehran's oil and financial sectors.

"The Iranians conduct exercises on a fairly routine basis in this area. That's something that we know about," Little said.

"That being said any effort to raise the temperature on tensions surrounding the Strait of Hormuz is unhelpful," he said.

He added there was no sign of Iran taking provocative steps near the channel.

"I'm unaware of any aggressive hostile action directed toward US vessels in the Persian Gulf or the Strait of Hormuz," or against other ships, Little said.

  • DREGstudios - 2011-12-28 22:19

    The National Defense Authorization Act is placing the sanctions on Iran which are FORCING their hand in these issues. Our government is playing with fire and ASKING for World War III by picking a fight with the Iranian Government. This SAME legislation gives our own government the power to detain American citizens indefinitely and without trial for speaking out against this agenda of war-profiteering through causing constant strife and conflict in the Middle East. Join the discussion about how our Government is waging war without public approval and suppressing our Freedom of Speech so far that we are petrified to stand up against them. Speak out with me against Living in this Society of Fear at

      Eric Schollar - 2011-12-28 22:49

      Pure nonsensical agitprop. Iran is a rogue theocracy with malignant intentions and

      Steenbra - 2011-12-28 23:37

      So Eric the US, whose territory is thousands of miles away can threaten a sovereign state, overthrow govts(Iraq) bully others(afganistan) and that is OK.. Iran if it is rogue is just as rogue as the US with its Imperialist agenda..

      George - 2011-12-29 04:45

      Steenbra, check your geography, the straits of Hormuz does not belong to Iran and their actions would affect the Emirates, Iraq to name just a couple and in addition it would affect world oil supply. Bomb them back into the stone age I say

      Dirk - 2011-12-29 06:01

      I notice a few here who should re-locate to the paradise of Cuba for a few years, from where you could vent your anti-US sentiments and rub shoulders with a concoction of the liberal left. It is clear from the comments here, that the regime in Iran is not understood at all and the threat it presents to world peace. They are shi-ite muslims and believe that their "magdi" (messiah) would only return once the world is in turmoil.They are determined to create those conditions and their terrorist leader, Ahmedinejad, has made that clear.

      Steenbra - 2011-12-29 21:51

      So George, according to you my geography is bad.. last time i checked I never saw a US state bordering the Straits of Hormuz And for your geographical info.. Iran borders the Straits. As usual you only read on side and dont know the rest.. Blinkers you should take off

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2011-12-28 23:03

    OK, Is it all about oil?

      Sean - 2011-12-28 23:38

      Yip , imagine Zimbabwe had plenty oil , Mugabe would have been long gone !

      ubhejane - 2011-12-29 00:31

      Absolutely. Congress sat down after Christmas and were bored. They suddenly didn't have a war any more and they can't live without killing people. Here we go again, the next war!

      George - 2011-12-29 04:48

      Brilliant deduction Fhatu, you really did wake up on the right side of the bed this morning, of course its about oil (tongue in cheek)

      Wendy - 2011-12-29 06:23

      Exactly, nothing else ....... it always has been.

      Merven - 2011-12-29 08:24

      Go and read the book: The Art of War by Sun Tzu, then you'll understand better. Always find a way to sponsor your war within the country you attack, then the protest from your citizens is much less because it don't cost them so much money.

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2011-12-29 08:26

      Like most of these 'states' , their leaders need to demonise and antagonise the US as to consolidate their populace and remain in power.(Ah poor me look at the big bully picking on innocent old me? Reel it in with tribal affiliation - Look at how they brutalise our fellow arabs and muslims ect)It convieniently focusses all attention on US actions and everyone forgets what they are up to behind their foreign journalist bans , media watch dogs and secret police(republican guards Ect).Syria is finding out their people just don't buy it anymore.

  • Brian - 2011-12-28 23:23

    It amazing how what Iran spokeperson really said and what is reported in this article. The spoke person for Iran said , Iran would block Strait of Hormuz, if it was "attacked" by Western forces, meaning , American Zionist, NATO, or Israehell. Surely they have a right to defend themselves aganist aggressive arogant warmongers who threaten their soverigntry and resources.

  • rowen.loretz - 2011-12-29 00:05

    Is this how WW3 will start? Israel and US against Iran / China / Russia?

      rowen.loretz - 2011-12-29 00:09

      The US really is a bully all over the world.... threatening China in the South Pacific , destroying Iraq and Afganistan. Can't we all just take a chill pill and smoke a joint? Why always this war mongering?

      Merven - 2011-12-29 08:29

      You are probably religious also. Believe all the conspiracy crap.

      rowen.loretz - 2011-12-29 15:14

      @ Mervin. Yes , i believe in conspiracy theories...I do however feel the US is an instigator of war. They have killed thousands of innocent people and just want the oil.

      rowen.loretz - 2011-12-29 15:19

      seems most people that gave me a thumbs down are also war mongers

  • mundu.olewega - 2011-12-29 03:24

    Iran is led by evil and will end in hell.

      Juan - 2011-12-29 04:16

      Or in a pile of rubble

  • Comrade - 2011-12-29 06:15

    IRAN is this space!!!

      Merven - 2011-12-29 08:30

      Finally, at least Israel can then have a safer future.

  • Dmitri - 2011-12-29 06:28

    I doubt that the US will go to war with Iran. With obama in charge, the US is like a drifting ship without direction. I am not bashing the US at all. I have been to the mid East and as Juan correctly states, the enemy is very very real. If Iran closes the strait, then this affects Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the other countries in the region. Also, you have the Sunni and Shia muslims which have been fighting amongst themselves for many many years, so if Iran does close the strait, there is the possibility of the other muslim factions taking action against Iran. Maybe this is what the US is banking on. I do not think Israel will get involved unless Iran (or other nations) directly threaten them. The only certainty here is that if the strait is closed, you can see a drastic increase in the oil price which would climb about 4-5 USD in the first 3-4 hours and then depending on the situation, will either stabalize at the price or climb (depending on the period of the blockade).

  • Traygon - 2011-12-29 07:12

    Dont mess with Oil - Thats all the US cares about...

      Merven - 2011-12-29 08:31

      Well I don't want to pay more for my fuel, so I'll say bomb the fools!

      jowza1 - 2011-12-29 16:16

      mervin,you are cooking up a load of rubbish

  • robbieyahu - 2011-12-29 07:27

    these rulers are picking fights at alarming rates to cause or start war !!! this is soooo NOT okay !!! stop these puppets from falsely accusing countries !!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Merven - 2011-12-29 08:32

      Iran started picking fights many years ago. Go and read about Israel.

  • Ivor - 2012-01-13 10:59

    Don't see Iranian warships steaming into USA waters, before forced negotiations,to demand minerals,do you? Seems like Eric thinks Uncle Sam can do no wrong,even when he causes the shyte in the first place. The odd cat brave enough to stand up for his rights(Saddam Hussien,Bin Laden,Gadaffi,Amedinejad spring to mind),gets villified and eventually killed by the USA. When last did another country's army hunt down and kill one of USA's presidents?

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