World economy is in a fragile state and very much dependant on the flow of cheap oil. Iranians believe they can send the cost of insuring the oil tankers to the roof and start another speculative market for oil by threatening to close the Strait of Hormuz. Tit-for-tat I suppose; may cause the US to back down from stronger sanctions.
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Two suspected Islamists arrested in Berlin; police warn of threat (DPA)
from the article: Iran official: U.S. cannot stop us from cutting off world oil supply