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Mon Jan 23, 2012, 03:51 PM

Unpredictable: EU Sanctions; Iran to Shut Strait of Hormuz?


Tensions in the Gulf could reach a breaking point as a senior Iranian official said Iran would “definitely” close the Strait of Hormuz if an EU oil embargo disrupted the export of crude oil, the Iranian FARS news agency reports. The 27 EU foreign ministers officially adopted the measures later Monday. The embargo would immediately forbid new contracts for crude oil and petroleum products while existing contracts are allowed to run until July, 2012.

Meanwhile, the US, Britain and France have delivered a pointed message to Iran on Sunday, sending six warships led by the US aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln through the waters of the Strait of Hormuz.

UPDATE: Senior Iranian Lawmaker: Iran to Make Whole World Insecure for US If Attacked

Iran's FARS news agency is reporting:

If the US seeks adventurism against Iran, the country "will make the world insecure for the Americans in the least possible time and all the US military men will be forced to leave the Middle-East region to save their lives", Vice-Chairman of the parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Jahangir Kosari told FNA on Monday.

"Of course in case of military aggression and conflict, Iran will not allow the American military men to escape; therefore, it is to the benefit of the US to accept the powerful Iran and avoid military adventurism," he added.

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Mon Jan 23, 2012, 04:33 PM

1. Looks to be more sabre rattling by the mulllahs

With three nations' warships in the Gulf, there is no practical way to close the straits.

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