In Swipe at Trump, Iran Threatens Again to Close Off the Persian Gulf

State TV quotes President Rohani as saying that 'if someday, the United States decides to block Iran’s oil (exports), no oil will be exported from the Persian Gulf' ■ The strait at the mouth of the Persian Gulf is crucial to global energy supplies

Iran President Hassan Rohani at the northern city of Shahroud, Iran, December 4, 2018
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Iranian President Hassan Rohani has threatened again to close the Strait of Hormuz, the passageway for nearly a third of all oil traded by sea.

The state TV quotes Rohani as saying on Tuesday that “if someday, the United States decides to block Iran’s oil (exports), no oil will be exported from the Persian Gulf.”

The strait at the mouth of the Persian Gulf is crucial to global energy supplies.

Rohani also pledged that the United States wouldn’t be able to prevent Iran from exporting its crude.

Rohani has made similar threats previously, especially after President Donald Trump threatened to decrease Iran’s oil export to nil. His threat was welcomed by many Iranian officials, including hard-liners such as Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Revolutionary Guard’s powerful Quds Force.