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.