Member of Majlis Parviz Sarvari said today that the Iranian military will soon hold an exercise on closing the Strait of Hormuz. Sarvari is a member of the parliament’s National Security Committee.
“Soon we will hold a military maneuver on how to close the Strait of Hormuz. If the world wants to make the region insecure, we will make the world insecure," Sarvari said [ISNA, 12 December].
The comments were the first by an Iranian official with knowledge of the country's national security policies of a concrete plan to close the Strait of Hormuz in case of a hostility involving Iran.
Most of the crude exported from Iran, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Iraq - together with nearly all the liquefied natural gas from Qatar - pass through the Strait, a 4-mile wide shipping channel between Oman and Iran.