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Showdown: U.S. Fleet Warns Iran That Closing Straits of Hormuz ‘Will Not Be Tolerated’





Iran’s navy chief warned Wednesday that his country can easily close the strategic Strait of Hormuz at the mouth of the Persian Gulf, the passageway through which a sixth of the world’s oil flows.



It was the second such warning in two days. On Tuesday, Vice President Mohamed Reza Rahimi threatened to close the strait, cutting off oil exports, if the West imposes sanctions on Iran’s oil shipments.



In response, the Bahrain-based U.S. 5th Fleet’s spokeswoman warned that any disruption “will not be tolerated.” The spokeswoman, Lt. Rebecca Rebarich, said the U.S. Navy is “always ready to counter malevolent actions to ensure freedom of navigation.”



With concern growing over a possible drop-off in Iranian oil supplies, a senior Saudi oil official said Gulf Arab nations are ready to offset any loss of Iranian crude.



That reassurance led to a drop in world oil prices. In New York, benchmark crude fell 77 cents to $100.57 a barrel in morning trading. Brent crude fell 82 cents to $108.45 a barrel in London.



“Closing the Strait of Hormuz is very easy for Iranian naval forces,” Adm. Habibollah Sayyari told state-run Press TV. “Iran has comprehensive control over the strategic waterway,” the navy chief said.



The threats underline Iranian concern that the West is about to impose new sanctions that could target Tehran’s vital oil industry and exports.



Western nations are growing increasingly impatient with Iran over its nuclear program. The U.S. and its allies have accused Iran of using its civilian nuclear program as a cover to develop nuclear weapons. Iran has denied the charges, saying its program is geared toward generating electricity and producing medical radioisotopes to treat cancer patients.



The U.S. Congress has passed a bill banning dealings with the Iran Central Bank, and President Barack Obama has said he will sign it despite his misgivings. Critics warn it could impose hardships on U.S. allies and drive up oil prices.



The bill could impose penalties on foreign firms that do business with Iran’s central bank. European and Asian nations import Iranian oil and use its central bank for the transactions.



Iran is the world’s fourth-largest oil producer, with an output of about 4 million barrels of oil a day. It relies on oil exports for about 80 percent of its public revenues.



Iran has adopted an aggressive military posture in recent months in response to increasing threats from the U.S. and Israel that they may take military action to stop Iran’s nuclear program.



The navy is in the midst of a 10-day drill in international waters near the strategic oil route. The exercises began Saturday and involve submarines, missile drills, torpedoes and drones. The war games cover a 1,250-mile (2,000-kilometer) stretch of sea off the Strait of Hormuz, northern parts of the Indian Ocean and into the Gulf of Aden near the entrance to the Red Sea as a show of strength and could bring Iranian ships into proximity with U.S. Navy vessels in the area.



Iranian media are describing how Iran could move to close the strait, saying the country would use a combination of warships, submarines, speed boats, anti-ship cruise missiles, torpedoes, surface-to-sea missiles and drones to stop ships from sailing through the narrow waterway.



Iran’s navy claims it has sonar-evading submarines designed for shallow waters of the Persian Gulf, enabling it to hit passing enemy vessels.



A closure of the strait could temporarily cut off some oil supplies and force shippers to take longer, more expensive routes that would drive oil prices higher. It also potentially opens the door for a military confrontation that would further rattle global oil markets.



Iran claimed a victory this month when it captured an American surveillance drone almost intact. It went public with its possession of the RQ-170 Sentinel to trumpet the downing as a feat of Iran’s military in a complicated technological and intelligence battle with the U.S.



American officials have said that U.S. intelligence assessments indicate the drone malfunctioned.


Added: Dec-28-2011 Occurred On: Dec-28-2011
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  • Ok, Iran. Try it. In the proceeding hours after your attempt every ship, boat and floating sand pail Iran owns would be sunk. All coastal bases would be destroyed and feel free to send any aircraft you have as they would be good target practice. After the complete humiliation of Iran's military force. Be sure have one of your Representative make an impassioned speech in the UN so that the rest of the delegates will have someone to point and laugh at.
    Keep barking little dog.

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  • Admiral Habibollah Sayyari was quoted in today's Toronto Sun saying that closing the strait would be as easy a drinking a glass of water. One would think a navy admiral would know that being able to close a strait isn't the same thing as being able to keep it closed. The bitch slap would be biblical!

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  • And the last time the Iranians acted up:

    "On 18 April 1988, the U.S. Navy waged a one-day battle against Iranian forces in and around the strait. The battle, dubbed Operation Praying Mantis by the U.S. side, was launched in retaliation for the 14 April mining of the USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG-58). U.S. forces sank one frigate, one gunboat, and as many as six armed speedboats in the engagement and seriously damaged a second frigate"

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  • didnt we play this game in the late 80s. i seem to recall that the iranian navy is mostly powered by evenrude. last i heard they had subs that were equiped with screen doors cause the hadnt left the dock in living memory

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  • they're gonna close the straits? with what, photoshop?

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  • Ugh. Again? Well Iran better get their speed boats and rubber rafts ready so the world can see we should not take them so lightly.

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  • This is the only card they can play. Every time they get rattled they threaten to close the Straight. They never have, because it's the only card they have to play and they will get their asses comprehensively kicked if they try to.

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  • Notice how the Iranians give away how they intend to close the strait. Meanwhile, the US Navy keep their own counsel.

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  • We should just obliterate their navy

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  • Fuck Iran, period.

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    • @dcmfox

      I remember watching Ted Kopel in 1979 every night with the "Day 475+" days in captivity clock. I was a teenager, and asked my dad: "Why doesn't our army go and save our people?" His answer: "Because Carter is a pussy"

      The day Regan was elected, they were freed.

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    • @chauncie

      Yeah but you can't just leave out Iran/contra bullshit stain on Reagan.

      All potus's try not to have a shit stain but most do.

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    • @dcmfox


      Actually, I read the book by Bob Woodward during the summer of 1989. What I took away from that fiasco was the incredible patriots Regan had around him (North and Poindexter). The fact that those two fell on the sword for Regan made me realize we really do live in a great society, for they protected "their" president without regard for their own futures(a Colonel and an Admiral).

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    • @chauncie

      Not that I disagree completely but it was to close to the top in my humble opinion.

      CIA op with military co-op.

      Plus in hind site it drove straight threw the Constitution and left marks.

      I'm not some schoolboy that doesn't know black ops are vital. Just keep the distance from the White house and use the plausible deniability excuse, not bury a Colonel/Admiral.

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    • @dcmfox

      I couldn't agree more. Poindexter and North are great Americans who took it in the rear.....though most just followed the motions knowing they were stepping into the pitch for Regan.

      Luckily, corporate America paid $25,000 a night to hear their story...and they both got rich (in the end, they won).

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  • Crap!Does this mean the price of chickpeas and falafels are going up?

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  • Iran does not want to fight, they just want to disrupt and increase oil prices because they have had oil embargoes imposed on them last month and the only way to sell their oil is to have the price of oil inflated.

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    • @Flash_Back im pretty sure seeing as oil is traded in $ a higher price doesnt realy do the u.s economy any harm either, i mean, gold wich the rest of the world is based on is way up, if oil was selling a $1.50, america would be fucked this bullshit is in both parties interests, sucks ass to be a car driver tho.

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  • Bring it on bitches...I got a front row seat, making popcorn and just dimming the lights...bring it on bitches!!

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  • sabre rattling

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  • They'll just piss off the Chinese if Arab oil is choked off and that won't help with the JUNE INVASION OD IRAN crowd predictors

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    • @tearsofpluto

      it actually went down based on our response.

      The price of oil is high because of stupid Democrats who put the environmental policy over our energy policy. If you agree with that approach, deal with it, that's the price

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    • @tearsofpluto

      Oil companies don't control the price of oil with the exception of OPEC but even they wouldn't have much of an effect if it wasn't for our own stupid energy policy. Oil is traded on the futures market, same as corn, wheat, gold etc.,

      The taxes placed on oil by Governments, far far exceed any profit Big Oil makes

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    • @_Byron_ What company was it that reported the greatest annual profit in human history?

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  • Oh.. crap! here we go!

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  • *theme from The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly plays in the distance

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  • close em up douche bahg, see what we blow out the water.

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  • "With concern growing over a possible drop-off in Iranian oil supplies, a senior Saudi oil official said Gulf Arab nations are ready to offset any loss of Iranian crude."

    So they have enough oil to cover what Iran exports? No wonder gas is so expensive.

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  • Yee Hah, get a bit of them up yah Iran.

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  • If obama had balls, he would tell israel to take care of iran, but we have a no balls president. man if I was in charge of the RED BUTTON, I would use it once a day.

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