IRAN VOTE TO DECIDE OIL-SUPPLY DISRUPTION / Parliament decision could order blockade of Strait of Hormuz (WND-WORLD NET DAILY) by F. MICHAEL MALOOF BEIRUT, Lebanon 07/10/12)
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BEIRUT, Lebanon – The Iranian parliament, or Majlis, is considering
legislation to require the government to block the Strait of Hormuz
to tankers shipping oil and liquefied natural gas to countries which
support sanctions against Iran, says a report in Joseph Farah’s G2
According to an Iranian foreign-ministry official, the government not
only welcomes the legislation but is waiting for its passage so that
it can be immediately implemented.
However, Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Maj. Gen. Hassan
Firouzabadi said the Strait would not be closed unless “the country’s
interests are put in danger.”
Meantime, the U.S. Defense Department announced that another U.S.
warship, the U.S.S. Ponce, has been added to the Fifth Fleet base in
Bahrain. It is a mine countermeasures ship. It will operate in the
Persian Gulf, the Gulf of Oman, Red Sea and parts of the Indian Ocean.
In addition, the U.S. is increasing troop strength at U.S. bases
across the region in what is referred to as a “lily pad” model that
will enable rapid deployment of military forces where there is a
Iranian legislation to authorize closing the Strait came after
European Union countries joined the United States in imposing the
latest round of even more rigorous sanctions which went into effect
July 1 to ban the import of Iranian oil. This sanction is on top of
others which include banning any Iranian central bank business.
Iranian lawmakers had warned that Iran would shut down the strategic
Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf if sanctions against the Islamic
republic increase. The proposed legislation would order the Strait
shut down to tankers from countries that support the increased
These sanctions are in addition to United Nations sanctions which
were imposed initially on Iran last year in response to the Islamic
republic’s refusal to end its nuclear enrichment program. Various
negotiations have been under way for some time to work out a
compromise, and the option has been there for military action by
Israel, the United States, or both.
While the Iranians are finding ways around the sanctions, they
apparently are affecting the country economically.
However, sources tell WND/G2Bulletin that Iran has developed a
sophisticated “shadow economy” of black marketing and Iran is using
the currencies of countries with which it is trading in an effort to
bypass sanctions and not use U.S. dollars or European euros.
Iranian Foreign Ministry official Ramin Mehman-Parast said that the
sanctions are “provocative and threatening” to the security of crude
supplies. “They should account for their actions and accept the
consequences of such decisions which will include social and economic
crises in the Western countries.”
Among legal authorities, there is some question as to the legality of
Iran shutting down the Strait, a portion of which transits Iranian
territorial waters. The Iranians, however, believe they have such
authority under international law.
“We enjoy sufficient ability and power to establish security in the
region and security of supply and energy transit in the region,”
For the rest of this report and other Intelligence Briefs, please go
to Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin:
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