Published: Sun, August 05, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Iran Strait of Hormuz exercise shows ability to halt oil flow

Iran Strait of Hormuz exercise shows ability to halt oil flow

The vessels are mostly small attack boats, and there have been no interactions with United States ships in the area, the official added.

The swarming of small boats followed a relative lull in Iranian navy harassments against American warships traversing the precarious Persian Gulf.

Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps has warned that it might retaliate against any attempt to block Iranian oil exports by blocking the Strait of Hormuz, a strategic artery not only for Iran's exports but for the oil exports of other Persian Gulf nations like Kuwait and Iraq. In addition, the three Persian Gulf Islands of the Greater Tunb, Lesser Tunb and Abu Mussa are also located here and are part of Iran's sovereignty.

The Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard is preparing to hold within the next two days a large-scale naval exercise in the Strait of Hormuz, a crucial shipping lane for oil used worldwide, according to us officials.

USA media outlets say Iran has launched a large-scale military drill in the Persian Gulf.

In June, Trump threatened sanctions on countries that purchase oil from Iran, to which Tehran responded by threatening to shut down the Strait of Hormuz.

Iranian authorities have yet to comment on them and several officials contacted by Reuters declined to comment.

"Dozens of nations of the worldwide community put their naval forces in for exercises to clear the straits".

The swarm tactics are usually conducted by Iran during the fall season, however, due to the heightened tensions between the two countries as a result of the exchange of threats between US President Donald Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, the drills have been moved up the schedule. If anything, with the potential for discounted Iranian crude, we could, in fact, see China stepping in as a bigger buyer.

A third official said the Iranian naval operations did not appear to be affecting commercial maritime activity. Such retaliation could include attacks against USA forces in the Middle East or a blockade of the Strait of Hormuz, a waterway that is a vital energy supply line for much of the world's oil shipments.

"If Iran tries to block the Straits of Bab al-Mandeb, it will find itself facing an global coalition determined to prevent it from doing so, and this coalition will also include the State of Israel and all its arms", Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told an audience of graduating naval officers August 1, Haaretz reported. "Only in that case, we would be less selective, and the harm to our enemies would be greater. Now they want to have a mega OPEC, congratulations to President Trump, Russia and Saudi Arabia", Kazempour told Reuters this week.

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