US aircraft jets parked on the flight deck in the Strait of Hormuz.—AP Photo
US aircraft jets parked on the flight deck in the Strait of Hormuz.—AP Photo

TEHRAN: Iran has plans to close the Strait of Hormuz at the entrance to the oil-rich Gulf but only if its interests are seriously threatened, its top military commander said in remarks reported Saturday.

“We have plans to close the Strait of Hormuz because military commanders must have plans for any situation,” Iran's armed forces chief of staff, General Hassan Firouzabadi, said late Friday according to ISNA news agency.

“But Iran, acting rationally, will not close the corridor through which 40 per cent of the world's energy passes, unless its interests are in serious trouble,” he said.

Several commanders and officials have vowed that Iran reserves as an option closing the strait—a strategic oil choke point—if its nuclear programme is targeted by military strikes.

The threats, renewed repeatedly since December, have generated warnings from the United States which says any attempt by Iran to close the waterway is a “red line” that would trigger a US military reaction.

“What my colleagues say regarding (the closing of the strait) echo missions assigned to them,” Firouzabadi told the Khorasan daily.

But, he explained, “the order to carry out the mission will only come from a decision by the Supreme National Security Council and approved by Supreme Leader” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has final say on all state matters.

Firouzabadi said statements by military commanders would not impact the decision whether to close the passage of oil through the Strait of Hormuz.


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shabbir lakhani
July 8, 2012 9:41 am
the crucial point is it is the US who is at Iran s door with its allies. how would the situation be interpreted if any warship would be close to the USA. Already more than 20 years have passed in sanctions and other measures designed to bring down the Government. Besides the continuous veiled threats of nuclear armed Israel. And the paradox is that the IAEA has not declared any diversion or otherwise in Iran s peaceful nuclear power program. So whats the real purpose behind these plots, assasination of nuclear scientist , unilateral sanctions. To date IRAN participates at all international forums and talks continue.
Maroof Alam Kashkoli
July 7, 2012 12:35 pm
is there any comparison between the two situations?
Maroof Alam Kashkoli
July 7, 2012 12:38 pm
just for the sake of argument: choking of the Strait can work if one of the aircraft carrier is sunk. This would make vulnerable (at least theoretically) all carriers through which US military power is projected in the world.
Usman
July 7, 2012 1:43 pm
Iran is a symbol of resistance and revolution for every justice seeker in this world.
ali
July 7, 2012 12:17 pm
In order to stretch US forces further and drain US funds Iran should close the passage. When Land route was closed by Pakistan for US supplies to Afghanistan, even a super power felt the pain and paid a heavy price.
Omer
July 7, 2012 10:38 am
Typical Irani, saying big things to show their pride, not knowing how much death and destruction it will bring to the region.
M. Tahir. Jamali
July 7, 2012 7:10 am
We are with brotherly country Iran in difficult times.
akhter husain
July 7, 2012 8:00 am
I hope that sanity on both sides will prevail and peoples all over the world will be saved from complete destruction.
MKB
July 7, 2012 8:16 am
I hope that Iran should do that & get the US retaliation.
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