Iran Could Close Hormuz

Should Iran’s rulers ever make good their threats to block the Straits of Hormuz, they could almost certainly achieve their aim within a few hours.

By Peter Apps, Political Risk Correspondent (Reuters)

But they could also find themselves sparking a punishing — if perhaps short-lived — regional conflict from which they could emerge the primary losers.

In recent weeks, a growing number of senior Iranian military and civilian officials have warned that Tehran could use force to close the 54 km (25 mile) entrance to the Gulf if Western states impose sanctions that paralyze their oil exports.

In 10 days of highly publicized military exercises, state television showed truck-mounted missiles blasting towards…….[click here to continue reading]



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