Reacting to Iran’s threat, US Navy says will protect free flow of commerce

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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.

“The US and its partners provide and promote security and stability in the region. Together, we stand ready to ensure the freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce wherever international law allows,” Central Command spokesman Navy Captain Bill Urban said in an email to Reuters.

Meanwhile the head of the Iranian parliamentary committee for national security and foreign policy MP Hashmatullah Flahat Bisha said on Thursday that Iran cannot close the “Strait of Hormuz.”

On the understanding of Rouhani’s statement as a threat to close the strait, and was later backed by the commander of the Quds Force in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Qassim Soleimani , Iranian MP Bisha said that Rouhani did not mean by these words, to close the “Strait of Hormuz.”

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