Posts tagged ‘Strait of Hormuz’

January 2, 2012

Is Iran far stronger than US would like to admit?

Iran has successfully test-fired two long-range missiles on the last day of major naval exercises in the international waters of the Persian Gulf. This comes amid mounting Western pressure on the country over its nuclear ambitions. Tehran says it’s ready to counter any attack by enemies like Israel or the United States. Iran has also angrily reacted to new U.S. sanctions targeting its central bank and financial sector. It has been threatening to close the Strait of Hormuz – the world’s most important oil export route linking the Persian Gulf to the Indian Ocean. Meanwhile the EU is mulling an embargo on the purchase of Iranian oil, and a decision on that is expected before the end of the month. Seyed Mohammad Marandi from the University of Tehran says US has imposed sanctions against Iran because Tehran opposes American hegemony.

December 29, 2011

US vs Iran: Will it be War over the Strait of Hormuz?

An Iranian fighter plane has spotted a US aircraft carrier crossing the Strait of Hormuz. The Strait of Hormuz is the lifeline for exporting oil from the Middle East to the rest of the world. Iranian officials are saying the aircraft carrier is from the Fifth Fleet, which is stationed in nearby Bahrain. Iran has threatened to cut off the oil supply from the waterway in retaliation to the sanctions imposed by the US. Anthony Shaffer, a senior fellow at the Center for Advanced Defense Studies, joins us to break down what is going on between the US and Iran and explains if a war between the two will be in the near future.