The Iranian military’s chief of staff revealed on Thursday the flow of oil that passes through the Gulf’s Strait of Hormuz, which equates to a third of the entire world’s oil, would be blocked by Tehran if US-imposed sanctions led to less countries trading with the Middle Eastern nation.
Major General Mohammad Hossein Bagheri was speaking to naval commanders of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards force when he warned the oil supply would be cut off if US President Donald Trump’s policies succeeded in reducing Iran’s oil exports to zero, the Mehr News Agency reported.
On Tuesday, US Defence Secretary James Mattis warned “Iran has been put on notice” as a result of its regional activities and threats to close the Strait of Hormuz.
But Iranian Major General Bagheri said: “The US army and other foreign forces in the Middle East region are well aware of this issue that if they make the slightest mistake in the region, they will pay a heavy price.”
Trump foisted the sanctions on Iran, which has some of the world’s largest natural gas reserves, after he branded the nuclear deal as “decaying and rotten” and “an embarrassment”.
The next round, which specifically targets Iran’s energy exports, is set for early November.