Iranian commander of the Islamic Republic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Major General Mohamad al-Jafari announced that the Strait of Hormuz either is for everyone or it is not for anyone, in support of warnings issued by Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani two days ago.
Al-Jafari said that Hassan Rouhani’s stance was to counter what he described “the recent American threat to impose new oil sanctions against Iran” adding that the “enemies must understand that the Strait of Hormuz is either for everyone or not for anyone.”
The Iranian president said on Monday during a meeting with the Iranian community in Switzerland as part of a European tour, that "oil supplies from the region cannot be exported when Iran’s oil supplies not exported.”
Rouhani added: “America cannot stop the export of Iran’s oil”, threatening the United States by saying “if you could prevent the export of Iran’s oil then go ahead and you will see the result.”
Meanwhile, the US Navy stands ready to ensure freedom of navigation and free flow of commerce, a spokesman for the US military’s Central Command said on Thursday, after Iran threatened to block oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz if Washington bans its oil sales.
Earlier on Thursday, the head of the Iranian parliamentary committee for national security and foreign policy MP Hashmatullah Flahat Bisha said that Iran did not intend to close the Strait of Hormuz.
The Strait of Hormuz is a strategic artery linking Middle East crude producers to key markets in Asia Pacific, Europe, North America and beyond.