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Strait talking: Iran gets tough as US fleet looks on

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In the stand-off over the crucial oil lane in the Persian Gulf, Iran’s navy drill is to culminate with the launch of long-range missiles. The US says its warships, which crossed the Strait of Hormuz on Thursday, are heading to the Arabian Sea.

Iran’s long-range missile systems, including the Shabab-3, cover a distance of over 2,000 kilometers (1,200 miles) and thus could reach Israel and US bases in the Middle East. According to the Iranian news agency Fars, the missiles will be launched on Saturday, being the key exercise of the Iranian navy maneuvers in the international waters of the Persian Gulf.

“The firing of missiles is the final part of the navy drill,” Admiral Mahmoud Mousavi, deputy commander of the Iranian navy, told Fars. “The final phase of the drill is to prepare the navy for confronting the enemy in war situations.”

In the past week, Tehran threatened to block the Strait of Hormuz, which connects the Persian Gulf with the Gulf of Oman, if Washington imposes sanctions on Tehran’s oil exports. The US said this would not be tolerated. On Thursday, a group of the American Fifth Fleet’s warships crossed the strait heading from its military base in Bahrain to the Arabian Sea.

The US war group, official data says, included the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis and guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay, along with several torpedo destroyers, assault landing ships, trawlers and patrol boats. This was but a “routine transit” for the group, which is to provide air support to the allied forces in Afghanistan, said Lt. Rebecca Rebarich, the spokesperson for the US Fifth Fleet.

The American warships did not appear to meet any obstacles while crossing the Strait of Hormuz, although Iran maintains the US is no position to prevent it from blocking the strait when Iran deems it necessary.

“Right now, we don’t need to shut it as we have the Sea of Oman under control and we can control the transit,” said Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, who is leading the 10 days of war games in the strait, the Tehran Times newspaper quotes him as saying.

Sayyari, who previously said that blocking Hormuz would be “easier than drinking a glass of water,” promised Iran would “use threat against threat” if the US persists with a confrontation.

Washington is concerned Iran is pursuing aims to build nuclear weapons. The stand-off between the two countries has skyrocketed after the International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN’s nuclear watchdog, published a new report on Iran’s nuke activities in November. Though the report was criticized for failing to provide firm evidence of Tehran’s military ambitions, the US and Israel urged the international community to impose harsh economic sanctions on Iran and doubled talk of a possible military strike.
‘Persisting with the course would isolate Iran’

Stephen Schork, the editor of the energy trading newsletter The Schork Report, argues that Iran is bluffing as it “simply cannot afford not to sell its oil to the world market.”

“If Iran cannot get its oil to the world market, it cannot get petrodollars,” he told RT.

Moreover, Schork adds that Iran lacks refining capacity. “If Iran continues on this path, they will isolate themselves, they will not have access to foreign capital and they will not have access to enough refined product.”

He asks what Iran is trying to get as a reward for this possible move. “Apparently they want to build a nuclear weapon. The reward of a nuclear program does not justify the immense risk the leaders in Iran are playing out right now,” he concludes.

Foreign affairs analyst Richard J. Heydarian says that Iran has to play the Hormuz card as it cannot afford to lose 70 per cent of the nation’s revenues if Washington sanctions its oil sector.

“Iran knows that closing the Hormuz Strait would send the shockwaves across the global economy, which is very fragile right now,” Heydarian told RT. “But in my opinion, it is just a rhetorical gesture as Iran needs to draw red lines. It doesn’t mean that Iran is really willing to engage in that kind of military situation. Today’s a reminiscent of the so-called ‘Tanker wars’ of the 1980s [between Iraq and Iran].”


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  • clem

    Wish all of you, peace, this new year. :-D

    • geo

      I bet you, not many people will be able so celebrate next year or so it seems. The americans are very willing to die and kill for reasons they themselves don’t understand. So be it.

      • Just Russian

        Being in your Romanian shoes I would not claim anything like you do. Isn’t it your country that has put itself now to a very vulnerable position of the easy target after you hosted nato on your land? How you think you are going to escape in case of the possible conflict?! It is definitely YOU ARE those people who “are very willing to die for the reasons they themselves don’t understand”. It is YOUR people should worry now TOO.

        I am sure that not everyone in Romania is like you, geo-hypocrite. It is actually your puppet government that supports the evil but not the whole nation, of course. Still, whoever would push the “button”, Romanians have a very little chance to survive. Think about that, you a war-lover!

    • Just Russian

      Thank you! I, too, wish the peace for every GOOD person on the planet Earth, regardless of nationality. God bless all GOOD people!

      • Fat Boy

        Just Russian, you make a very good point. The people do not run their government; we might think we have a say in what happens, but in reality, we have no control. We are just helpless sheep being led by their master. Thank you and may God bless you also, and let’s pray that this does not lead to a war.

  • Vlad the Impaler

    this fucking cunt with romanian flag, is in fact a yelling slut from R of Moldova!
    he is a frustrated pice of shit,just ignore HER :)

    • Just Russian

      Yeah, looks like you are right, Vlad. Otherwise this mad dogs wouldn’t be yelling such a crap “when are you going to withdraw your 14th army from Basserabia?”…I won’t be surprised if that is the case when Russia has given them or their parents an education, health care, apartment and all the protection FOR FREE at the time of the USSR and that is now their “thank you”. Complete shit such people are!

      • geo

        I am giving you a choice out, to prove that you ruskies can get along with europeans. It seems that you don’t wanna take it. We’ll see you at war!

        • Just Russian


          “…to prove that you ruskies can get along with europeans”????

          HAHAHA…Oh yes, you are REALLY complete IDIOT! You tell me that Russia should follow that European corrupted way of living?! Noooo, thanks!…
          We all can perfectly see what this way actually is. Europe of nowadays is stinking like a leprous body, it keeps developing the weirdest perverted laws and spreading all around the world the most disgusting “values”, exactly like YOU do as well, showing all the worst of the human nature.

          Russia, with her deep Christian core, will NEVER follow your satanic way. And if that means a war between our two absolutely opposite ideologies…well, let it happen then. The enemies of Lord Jesus Christ are our personal enemies and our mission is to eliminate them and to free this world from any sort of evil, and to die for that, if needed. This is why you will always FAIL to scare us BY WAR. Yes, we hate any war, we don’t want any war to happen ever but, if there is no other chance given to us to stop the evil, it will be a war then. And the victory will be ours eventually.

          Once again I remind you about inevitable consequences and recommend you to turn your mind to as how to fix your own broken sanity and to take all the necessary efforts to save your own people from their mental and physical desctruction. As, obviously, all the “geos” are the first candidates to decay. Remember that!

          • geo

            “Inevitable consequences:??? You make me laugh! Last time you retards attacked europeans , namely Poland , in 1939 along with the other criminals the germans, it hit you in the face later on like a boomerang and you saw what happened. You had a feast eating little ruskie kids at Stalingrad, Odessa, Sevastopol. Luckily for you for the D-day and allied invasion that saved your asses from annihilation and total enslavement. SO WATCH OUT! Stop threatening europeans with your “inevitable consequences” or we’ll serve you your children for dinner again. Stay in your beleoved non-european russia and rusian state of mind, as we don’t give a fuck about you. NO VISAS FOR YOU, SUBHUMANS.

    • geo

      You again fucking faggot immigrant from england? fuck you, smelly gypsy!

      • Just Russian

        BOOOO…haha..Hey geo, hatred can cause heart attack, did you know? It will be such a “pity” for all of us to know that you suddenly has died…

        Oh, and, I didn’t know that it is YOU, geo-idiot, who gives visas. Wake up – it was just your toilet paper in your fantasy that you are the boss of everything. We can survive without your toilet visas, I can promise you that.

        Dream on, little impotent.

    • Fat Boy

      Go back to school and get an education. :)

  • Jean-Frncois Morf

    Iran oil exports goes through the Strait of Hormuz!
    Will Iran shooting himself in the foot?

    • Just Russian

      And what about you? What part of your own body you value the most – your head or your foot? Would you think of your foot when your head is in danger?..

      The article tells it clear that Iranians were forced to “draw the red lines”. You can’t deny that they were FORCED to do so, could you?

  • Bumba Clot

    “Just Russian” and “Geo” would both of you just shut the fuck up pretty please! Please stick to the issue not all your personal bullshit! Thank you

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