Tehran: Iranian oil exports have taken a hit due to the sanctions imposed by the United States. ‘If Iranian oil export is stopped from reaching its destination countries, Iran too will not allow oil from other countries to transport, thus threatened the Iranian President to block the Strait of Hormuz. The Iranian Quds Force’s Chief, General Qassem Soleimani said that Iran is determined to turn this threat into reality.
Iranian President Rouhani, who is on his Europe visit had issued a threat to the United States, a few hours ago. ‘If the United States tries to throttle Iran by blocking its oil exports, the United States’ allies in the Gulf will also not be able to export their oil,’ warned Rouhani. Solemani, who is leading the Iranian campaign in Iraq and Syria has welcomed President Rouhani’s stance.
‘The threat to close the Hormuz Strait, issued by President Rouhani is apt and timely,’ said General Soleimani. The Iranian Revolutionary Guards and Quds forces are in a state of readiness to act on President Rouhani’s orders, Soleimani added.
The exports of all the oil rich countries pass through the Strait of Hormuz. As 30% of the entire oil transport passes through it, the Strait of Hormuz is strategically very important. Therefore, if Iran decides to block this strait it will have severe effects on international oil trade. But the United States has already warned that if Iran even attempts to do that, it will be considered as a declaration of war.
Against this background, the significance of the warnings issued by President Rouhani and General Qassem Soleimani greatly increases.