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U.S. Navy “will not allow Iran to close the Strait of Hormuz”.

USS John C Stennis and USS George H. W. Bush steam alongside one another in the Strait of Hormuz on Nov 12, 2011.(Credit U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth Abbate/Released)

Based in Bahrain, the U.S. Fifth Fleet said on Wednesday -in a public statement- that they “will not allow Iran to disrupt oil shipping through the Strait of Hormuz”.

“The free flow of goods and services through the Strait of Hormuz is vital to regional and global prosperity,” said a Navy spokesman. “Anyone who threatens to disrupt freedom of navigation in an international strait is clearly outside the community of nations; and any disruption will not be tolerated,” the Navy spokesman added.

Yesterday the Iranian 1st Vice President said they would close the Strait of Hormuz to oil traffic if the U.S. and its Western allies proceed with the imposition of sanctions on Iran’s oil industry.

The proposed sanctions are related to growing concern among Western nations that allegedly Iran has been covertly developing nuclear weapons. However, the possibility of Iran having atomic weapons has not been confirmed by any western intelligence agency.