A top navy general in Iranian said Monday the country took full control of the Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, a major shipping route that the Iranians threatened to block in the past amid worsening American-Iranian relations, Fox News reports.
The Strait of Hormuz is a strait between the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. It provides the only sea passage from the Persian Gulf to the open ocean and is one of the world’s most strategically important choke points. On the north coast lies Iran, and on the south coast the United Arab Emirates and Musandam, an exclave of Oman. At its narrowest, the strait has a width of 29 nautical miles. About 20% of the world’s petroleum passes through the strait.
“We can ensure the security of the Persian Gulf and there is no need for the presence of aliens like the U.S. and the countries whose home is not in here. All the carriers and military and non-military ships will be controlled and there is full supervision over the Persian Gulf. Our presence in the region is physical and constant and night and day.” ~ Iran’s Revolutionary Guards General Alireza Tangsiri
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said last month that if Iran is not allowed to export oil then no country should export oil from the Gulf.
“From the time that Trump announced the withdrawal from the nuclear deal, America has not been able to reach its goals. There are some in the country who, instead of laying the groundwork for using the opportunities presented by the nuclear deal, chose a political fight. And this political fight led to despair and disappointment which has America’s focus on a psychological war against Iran and its business partners.
Of course, our distrust of the US is clear. We are different from others in the region and they think that they can buy security and progress for themselves by purchasing weapons or nuclear weapons but the Islamic Republic is different and it relies on its people for security and progress. America has failed, Trump has failed.” ~ Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif
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But if Iran were to follow through with any bluster to close down the vital shipping channel, a potential U.S. response would be swift, FOX News reports.
Strait of Hormuz:
•Located between Oman & Iran
•Narrowest point: 21 miles wide
•Shipping lanes: 2 miles wide in either direction
•Nearly 1/3 of the world's sea-traded oil passes through daily
•2018: Zero unsafe/aggressive interactions by Iranian vessels on US Navy ships pic.twitter.com/5haquBja4S
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Gen. Joseph Votel, head of U.S. Central Command, said earlier this month that Iran was showcasing its military capabilities and has the ability to plant mines and explosive boats in the waterway, as well as use missiles and radar along the coast. He stressed the U.S. and allies routinely train for that possibility and are prepared to insure that freedom of navigation and commerce continues in those waters.
“We are aware of what’s going on and we remain ready to protect ourselves,” he told reporters.
Fox News security analyst Walid Phares told Fox Business Network’s “Varney & Co.” that the Iranians can damage the international passage “if they want,” but that the U.S. can easily “intercept them, stop them, and damage their own capacity.”
More to come- stay tuned.
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.