Posted by: mulrickillion | December 28, 2011

Iran Threatens to Block Oil Shipments, as U.S. Prepares Sanctions

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By David Sanger and Annie Lowery, Dec 27, 2011 —

WASHINGTON — A senior Iranian official on Tuesday delivered a sharp threat in response to economic sanctions being readied by the United States, saying his country would retaliate against any crackdown by blocking all oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz, a vital artery for transporting about one-fifth of the world’s oil supply.

The declaration by Iran’s first vice president, Mohammad-Reza Rahimi, came as President Obama prepares to sign legislation that, if fully implemented, could substantially reduce Iran’s oil revenue in a bid to deter it from pursuing a nuclear weapons program.

Prior to the latest move, the administration had been laying the groundwork to attempt to cut off Iran from global energy markets without raising the price of gasoline or alienating some of Washington’s closest allies. . . .

Iran Threatens to Block Oil in Reply to Sanctions – NYTimes.com

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