Iran has been flexing it muscles with a recent naval exercise in the Strait of Hormuz. So far sanctions have not worked to convince Iran to stop its pursuit of nuclear weapons. This has given food for thought both to the U.S. and its allies, Israel and
Saudi Arabia in the Middle East. While it is widely believed that Israel has nuclear capability, Saudi Arabia has signed a nuclear proliferation treaty. Some analysts believe that Saudi Arabia could use a loophole and have Pakistan locate nuclear weapons on Saudi soil. The U.S. stations tactical nuclear weapons in Germany.
(Reuters) – Iran’s first vice-president warned on Tuesday that the flow of crude will be stopped from the crucial Strait of Hormuz in the Gulf if foreign sanctions are imposed on its oil exports, the country’s official news agency reported.
“If they (the West) impose sanctions on Iran’s oil exports, then even one drop of oil cannot flow from the Strait of Hormuz,” IRNA quoted Mohammad Reza Rahimi as saying.
About a third of all sea-borne oil was shipped through the Strait in 2009, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), and U.S. warships patrol the area to ensure safe passage. AFP