Iran warns Bahrain that it may close Strait of Hormuz

Iran warns Bahrain that it may close Strait of Hormuz
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  • calendar-gray 04 May 2019

Iranian officials have been warning that the country may close the strategic Strait of Hormuz if its security is threatened, as tensions between Tehran and Washington have escalated amid US threats to bring Iranian oil exports down "to zero", ONAreports citing Sputnik International.

Bahrain, an island kingdom in the Persian Gulf, is known as the banking hub of the region.

A spokesman for Iran’s Foreign Ministry Seyyed Abbas Mousavi has been swift to downplay a claim from the Bahraini foreign minister that Iran will not be allowed to close the Strait of Hormuz “even for a single day”, brushing aside Bahrain, which has a population of less than 1.5 million, as a “tiny dependent country”, whose officials should “know their place when threatening those bigger than themselves”.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran underlines the security of the Strait of Hormuz as a lifeline for the supply and transit of global energy, so long as the Iranian nation’s interests are secured through the important and vital strait,” Seyyed Abbas Mousavi said Friday.

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