Iran issues second warning in 2 days that it could close Strait of Hormuz.

US says it will not tolerate closure of key strait as Iran issued second warning in 2 days

TEHRAN, Iran – Iran’s navy chief warned Wednesday that his country can easily close the strategic Strait of Hormuz at the mouth of the Persian Gulf, the passageway through which a sixth of the world’s oil flows.

It was the second such warning in two days. On Tuesday, Vice President Mohamed Reza Rahimi threatened to close the strait, cutting off oil exports, if the West imposes sanctions on Iran’s oil shipments.

“Closing the Strait of Hormuz is very easy for Iranian naval forces,” Adm. Habibollah Sayyari told state-run Press TV. “Iran has comprehensive control over the strategic waterway,” the navy chief said.

The threats belie Iranian concern that the West is about to impose new sanctions that could target Tehran’s vital oil industry and exports.
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