Paul Joseph Watson
Monday, July 16, 2012
Iran has confirmed that its plan to close the Strait of Hormuz has been finalized and is ready to be put into action as soon as confirmation is received from Supreme Leader Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei, amidst reports that President Obama has earmarked the first week of October for a potential attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities.
“We have a (contingency) plan for the blockade of the Strait of Hormuz, but its implementation requires the decision and order of the commander in chief (the Leader),” Major General Hassan Firouzabadi told reporters.
Although some observers have claimed Iran’s repeated rhetoric about closing the transit route is nothing more than hot air, Firouzabadi insisted the threat was genuine.
“The West might think we are just bluffing with the blocking of the Strait of Hormuz but we already have some good plans how to do that,” Firouzabadi was quoted by Fars news agency as saying.
The United States responded to the situation last week by sending underwater sea drones that would find and destroy mines and prevent Iran from being able to block the Strait.
In an effort to reduce Iran’s influence in the region, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates yesterday quietly announced the opening of new pipelines that would bypass the Strait of Hormuz, more than doubling the amount of oil that avoids the choke point to about 40 per cent of the 17 million barrels per day that passes through the Hormuz.
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