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Will shut Strait of Hormuz if security threatened: Iran

Iran has said that it could prevent even 'a single drop of oil' to pass through the Strait of Hormuz if its security is threatened.

world Updated: Jul 15, 2012 23:54 IST

Iran has said that it could prevent even 'a single drop of oil' to pass through the Strait of Hormuz if its security is threatened.

The country’s naval chief, Admiral Ali Fadavi, issued the warning, as international concern over Tehran's nuclear activity continues to progress without hindrance.

News24 quoted Fadavi, a naval commander in Iran's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), as saying that Tehran would increase its military presence in international waters if threats against it continued.

“If they [the US] do not obey international laws and the IRGC's warnings, it will have very bad consequences for them,” Admiral Fadavi said.

“The IRGC's naval forces have had the ability since the [Iran-Iraq] war to completely control the Strait of Hormuz and not allow even a single drop of oil to pass through,” he said.

“IRGC special naval forces are present on all of the Islamic Republic of Iran's ships in the Indian Ocean and to its east and west, to prevent any movement, he added.

“This IRGC naval force presence in international waters will increase,” Admiral Fadavi warned. Iran has repeatedly threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz shipping channel, through which 40% of the world's sea-borne oil exports passes, in retaliation to sanctions placed on its crude exports by Western powers.

The curbs were imposed over Iran's nuke plan, which the West believes is aimed at creating an atomic weapon. Iran, however, has said the programme is for energy purposes.