Published: Thu, December 06, 2018

Amid US sanctions, Iran threatens again to close key strait

Amid US sanctions, Iran threatens again to close key strait

Rouhani also pledged that the U.S. wouldn't be able to prevent Iran from exporting its crude oil.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani made an apparent threat yesterday to disrupt other countries' oil shipments through the Gulf if Washington presses ahead with efforts to halt Iranian oil exports.

Shia cleric Ayatollah Ahmad Alamolhoda grabbed headlines at the time by declaring, "If Iran decides, a single drop of this region's oil will not be exported and in 90 minutes all Persian Gulf countries will be destroyed".

The US had initially vowed to reduce Iran's oil sales to "zero" under the bans, but it later backed down and granted waivers to nearly all of Tehran's major crude buyers.

Rouhani last threatened to close the Gulf in July when he warned the U.S. "should not play with the lion's tail". "People should stop saying such things in the papers", he told the crowd.

Most recently, Mr Rouhani threatened to close the strait in July, saying that the US "should not play with the lion's tail" in response to US President Donald Trump's announcement that his administration would withdraw from the nuclear deal.


The latest inflation report from Iran's Central Bank says food prices rose 56 per cent year-on-year in October.

He said the government would maintain subsidies on essential goods and increase public sector wages and pensions by 20 percent.

"The United States should know that we are selling oil and we will sell our oil and it can not block Iran's oil export", he said on Tuesday addressing the people of Shahroud in Semnan province broadcast live on state TV.

Rouhani said the United States would not succeed in cutting Iran's economic ties with the region and the world.

Following incendiary remarks by USA officials thrown at Tehran, Iran's deputy commander of the regular armed forces said that the military was "prepared" to protect Iranian oil tankers.

Iran did not confirm or deny that it carried out a missile test, but Tehran has insisted it is not pursuing nuclear weapons and the missiles and not created to carry nukes.

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