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Iran’s president threatens to close Strait of Hormuz if US blocks oil exports

President of Iran Hassan Rouhani in the Kremlin (

This article was originally published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and is reprinted with permission.

Iranian President Hassan Rohani has threatened again to close the Strait of Hormuz, the passageway for nearly a third of all oil traded by sea.

Iranian state TV quoted Rohani as saying on December 4 that “if someday, the United States decides to block Iran’s oil [exports], no oil will be exported from the Persian Gulf.”

Rohani also vowed that the United States would not be able to prevent Iran from exporting its crude oil.

Rohani made similar threats after U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers and said he would work to prevent Iran from exporting any oil.

Rohani’s threat to block the strait has been welcomed by Iranian hard-liners like General Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the powerful Quds Force within the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps.