BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 P.M.) – Over the recent days, U.S. President Donald Trump has warned that his nation will pressure other countries to not purchase Iranian oil.

In response to the U.S.’ threats, the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and several high ranking military commanders have threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz in order to halt the regional shipment of oil.

If Iran cannot sell its oil under U.S. pressure, then no other regional country will be allowed to either, said Mohammad Ali Jafari, who commands the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Iran’s most powerful military force.

“We are hopeful that this plan expressed by our president will be implemented if needed … We will make the enemy understand that either all can use the Strait of Hormuz or no one,” Jafari was quoted as saying by Tasnim news agency.

The Strait of Hormuz is the most important oil transit channel in the world with about one-fifth of global oil consumption passing through each day.

“The U.S. and its partners provide, and promote security and stability in the region,” Central Command spokesman Navy Captain Bill Urban said in an email to Reuters.

Asked what would be the U.S. Naval Forces’ reaction if Iran blocks the strait, he said: “Together, we stand ready to ensure the freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce wherever international law allows.”

As of now, no measures have been taken by Iran to close off the Strait of Hormuz.

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“In response to the U.S.’ threats, the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and several high ranking military commanders have threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz in order to halt the regional shipment of oil.” => I think Iran wouldn’t end with only the Yanks going after them if this happens. Better remember : if pressuring countries into not buying oil from one is unfriendly for sure, a blockade is an act of war and absolutely a casus-belli. This will mean that Iran declares war on Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, UAE, Qatar, Oman which have some allies. It would also disturb world… Read more »

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That certainly is a good point! It’s especially hard for the rest of the affected countries to have sympathy for Iran if their blocking their funding. It’s a shame that Iran leaps to these threats which are not well thought out.

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I think, at least from Rouhanni, that it’s more targetted for domestic consumption especially onto Khamenei hardliners seeing him as too weak while, actually, it’s Khamenei thickhead that provokes such situation! This idiot is playing a geopolitical “game” he simply can’t back! Rouhanni really gave a chance to Iran to re-establish normal foreign relation. Khamenei saw this as a weakness from westerners, then thought he could get the butter, the money from the butter and the a$$ of the dairy woman, also thinking hardliners could push Rouhanni out while exploiting JCPOA as Muhammad took advantage from the Hudaibiyyah treaty. Iranians… Read more »

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Economic sanctions to the extent of cutting Iran out of the SWIFT International Banking system is an act of war unto itself. Iran has already had war declared upon it through these tactics. Closing the Strait of Hormuz would be an equal and opposite reaction to the force being applied to Iran’s economy. The US is backing Iran into a corner and you’re busy blaming the victim of aggression. Iran would only pull out their trump card if they had their backs to the wall. The alternative would be to have their economy collapse and then have the Syrian treatment… Read more »

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I really doubt all those countries would join the US navy in its fight against IRGC navy. Truth is, it’d be a short fight with IRGC launching thousands of precise anti-ship ballistic missiles, IRBMs, MRBMs and the fastest torpedoes in the world which would probably wipe out US forces in the region. Let’s not forget Iran has the largest underground weapons arsenal in the Middle East and probably one of the largest in whole world. Even nukes can’t get strait of hormez open at this point. The US military has no clear strategy on how to counter Iran. In the… Read more »