To Shut the Strait of Hormuz is “Really Easy”: Iranian Navy Chief

Iran would find it ‘really easy’ to close the world’s most important oil transit channel, the Strait of Hormuz at the Gulf’s entrance, but would not do so right now, Iran’s navy chief said Wednesday.

“Shutting the strait for Iran’s armed forces is really easy — or as we say (in Iran) easier than drinking a glass of water,” Admiral Habibollah Sayari said in an interview with Iran’s Press TV.

“But today, we don’t need (to shut) the strait because we have the Sea of Oman under control, and can control the transit,” he said.

These comments by key figures of the Republic of Iran shows that it has full control on the strait of Hormuz and can use its power anytime if anything goes wrong with it.

The United States maintains a navy presence in the Gulf in large part to ensure that passage for oil remains free.

Sayari was speaking a day after Iran’s vice president, Mohammad Reza Rahimi, threatened to close the strait if the West imposed more sanctions on Iran, and as Iran’s navy held wargames in international waters to the east of the channel.

International oil prices increased as Rahimi warned on Tuesday that “not a drop of oil will pass through the Strait of Hormuz” if the West tried to impose sanctions against Iran over its nuclear programme.

“The enemies will only drop their plots when we put them back in their place,” the official news agency IRNA quoted Rahimi as saying.

New York-traded light sweet crude climbed to $101.36 on the threat.

More than a third of the world’s tanker-borne oil passes through the Strait of Hormuz. It is a strategic chokepoint that links the Gulf — and its petroleum-exporting states of Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — to the Indian Ocean.

American government is fully determined to impose more strict sanction on Iran over its nuclear programme. But Iran always denies the charges of using uranium enrichment programme to build nuclear weapons.