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Iranian Navy: Strait of Hormuz Will Not Be Closed

Published: Wednesday, 25 Jul 2012 | 2:28 PM ET
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By: Charles Kennedy
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 Iranian politicians have often said that they would consider blocking the Strait of Hormuz in response to US and EU sanctions that are exerting economic pressure on the Gulf state in order to force more transparency over the nuclear enrichment program.

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Iranian Navy boats take part in maneuvers in the Strait of Hormuz.

 However in a move that reduces the potency of those threats, Alireza Tangsiri, deputy naval commander in Iran's Revolutionary Guards, has come out and stated that while “the enemies constantly state that the Islamic Republic of Iran intends to close the Strait of Hormuz, we say that common sense does not dictate that Iran would close the Strait of Hormuz as long as it makes use of it.”

 This follows a similar thought given by Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi to Reuters earlier this month; that Iran will not follow through on any threats to 

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