Wednesday, July 2, 2008

US Navy: Iran Will Not Be Allowed to Close Strait of Hormuz

US NAVCENT and 5th Fleet Commander Vice Adm. Kevin Cosgriff said today in Abu Dhabi that Iran will not be allowed to close the strategic Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf.

"We will not allow Iran to close [the Strait of Hormuz]," Adm. Cosgriff told a gathering of naval commanders of Gulf countries in the UAE capital. He said allowing Iran to close the strait is “saying to the world that 40 percent of oil is now held hostage by a single country.”

Cosgriff's comments follow a threat by IRGC Commander Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari that Iran could seal off the key passageway in case of a Western attack on Iran. Cosgriff had earlier said that such move by Iran would be viewed as an act of war.

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