July 6 (Bloomberg) -- Iran will close the Strait of Hormuz, through which the bulk of Middle East oil is shipped, if the country is attacked, state-run Fars news agency reported, citing a military commander.
``All countries should know that if Iran's interests in the region are ignored, it is natural that we will not allow others to use'' the waterway, Fars cited Armed Forces Chief of Staff Hassan Firouzabadi as saying late yesterday.
The Strait of Hormuz between Iran and Oman at the mouth of the Persian Gulf handles the shipment of about 20 percent of the world's daily supply of oil, according to figures from the U.S. government's Energy Information Administration. The oil's main destinations include the U.S., Western Europe and Japan.
The U.S. and many of its allies have accused Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons. Iran insists the atomic program is intended to produc
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