Iran’s bluster about blocking the Strait of Hormuz could remain just that, with the United States saying it is committed to ensuring the safety of the region.
The U.S. Central Command said it is fully prepared to keep regional commerce flowing through the Arabian Gulf, after a senior Iranian military official said his country’s navy would halt all Middle East exports if Iran is not allowed to ship its oil through the Strait, Military News and Khaleej Times reports.
“There will be no security for others either and no other crude will be exported from this region,” Iranian Armed Forces Chief of Staff Mohammad Bagheri
Come November, Iran faces a second round of US sanctions which could cripple its ability to sell oil. This could bring the economy to its knees and Bagheri’s threat reflected the dire situation in his country. He went on to say that US and other allied forces in the region “know full well that the smallest mistake in the region will bear a heavy cost for them”.
“The US partners with many nations to provide and promote security and stability in the region. Together, we stand ready to ensure the freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce wherever international law allows.” ~ Major Josh T. Jacques of the US Central Command
Iran 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.
“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
US President Donald Trump had said in May that his objective is to bring Iran’s oil revenue to zero. The Strait of Hormuz is a strategic strip at the mouth of the Arabian Gulf through which 30 per cent of global oil flows.
Iran cannot block the Strait under international maritime law because Hormuz is considered an “international strait” as it is the lone gateway to the Sea of Oman and then on to the Indian Ocean. This is clear in the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.