Could the Islamic Republic of Iran close the Strait of Hormuz, described as the “greatest economic choke point in the world” where nearly 20 per cent of crude oil traded globally passes, thereby cutting off Persian Gulf energy exports vital to the functioning of the global economy? While it has long been considered highly probable that Iran could close the strait if attacked by the United States or Israel, could it close the strait over economic sanctions which are proving highly effective in cutting off Iranian energy exports? This idea has more recently been given serious consideration thanks to statements by senior Iranian officials and a proposed law by Iran’s parliament. While there has been much media speculation about Iran’s intentions and capabilities to close the strait, a recent statement by IRGC Navy deputy commander Admiral Ali-Reza Tangsiri sheds light on this important question. According to Tangsiri:

To continue reading, please login or subscribe. Our subscriptions start at $2/month:

Login Subscribe