When Iranian naval forces trained for an operation to potentially shut down the strategic Strait of Hormuz last week, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps quietly tested a ballistic missile over the same strait, according US spy satellites.

Fox News reported Friday that Iranian forces launched the Fateh-110 Mod 3 missile during Iran’s large-scale naval exercises to practice shutting down the Strait of Hormuz, citing information from a US surveillance satellite and three officials familiar with the matter. It appears to be Tehran’s first missile test of 2018.

The missile took off from Bandar-e-Jask, Hormozgan Province, in southeast Iran, US officials told Fox, and traveled approximately 100 miles over the Strait of Hormuz before landing in a desert on Iranian territory. The flight path was “shore-to-shore,” one of the officials said.

The Pentagon acknowledged Iran’s naval exercises but declined the opportunity to comment on the missile launch.

“It’s pretty clear to us that they were trying to use that exercise to send a message to us that as we approach this period of the sanctions, they had some capabilities,” US Gen. Joseph Votel, head of US Central Command, told reporters Wednesday at the Pentagon. Iran, however, regularly conducts naval drills near the strait, and the missile test was done in what amounts to Iran’s territorial waters, a US official confirming the test said, Reuters reported.

Any disruption in the strait’s security would instantly spur chaos in energy markets and could have devastating impacts on national economies across the globe. Data from Lloyd’s List Intelligence suggest some 80 percent of crude oil flowing out of the Persian Gulf through the strait is destined for China, Japan, India, South Korea, Singapore and other Asian markets.

“The Strait of Hormuz is the world’s most important oil chokepoint because its daily oil flow of about 17 million barrels per day in 2015 accounted for 30 percent of all seaborne-traded crude oil and other liquids. The volume that traveled through this vital choke point increased to 18.5 million b/d in 2016,” the US Energy Information Agency reports.

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About 30 percent of global liquid natural gas exports came from Qatar out through the Strait of Hormuz in 2016, BP’s “Statistical Review of World Energy 2017” found.

 

Source: Sputnik

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great defence iran

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Closing the straight would not affect the US but Iran’s potential friends and trading partner. So the US will react petty calm if it is closed. LOL.

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Bah, let’s hope they’ll do it, then… good riddance from these crazy bigots.

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“great defence iran” => 1.) Against what? Iran isn’t even under attack! 2.) If it’s an attempt of blackmailing on USA, it falls flat : USA doesn’t even needs to import energy AT ALL! 3.) Saudis have a huge pipeline from east to west of the country. Oil going to the EU don’t even pass through either Hormuz or Bab al-Mandeb straits since tankers are loaded in Yanbu while Norway and Russia can increase production. 4.) Yanks have already asked Saudis to raise production to compensate the eventual loss of exports by UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait and Iran. 5.) Iran… Read more »

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Your analysis is totally absurd.iran is an Islamic republic and Iranian are very much committed to save and defend their great Islamic revolution by means of every cost of sacrifices and Allah almighty will help them to save this country in which islamic jurisprudence/system are enforced since 1979.USA and UK has plotted many times to Topple the Islamic regime by means of different conspiracies but every time almighty Allah made these plots Failed.U the American/Arabian payroll Analysts remember that your all analysis regarding Toppling present Great Iranian revolutionary Govt will never become True and the Islamic revolution will become much… Read more »