It’s the 4th of July, But Will Iran Spark It’s Own Fireworks?

Iran is planning to close the Strait of Hormuz to oil tankers traveling to countries supporting economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

The EU embargo against Iran went into effect on July 1. While theories are that this will not affect Iran too badly, lawmakers in the Islamic Republic are drafting a bill, which would effectively close the Strait of Hormuz to oil tankers delivering to countries supporting the economic sanctions against Iran.

“There is a bill prepared in the National Security and Foreign Policy committee of Parliament (Iran) that stresses the blocking of oil tanker traffic carrying oil to countries that have sanctioned Iran.”

“This bill has been developed as an answer to the European Union’s oil sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran,”

By July 1, 100 of Tehran’s 290 members of parliament had signed the bill.

The Strait of Hormuz is a vital shipping route, and around 17 million barrels of oil sailed through there in 2011. Most of the crude exported from the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Iraq and Saudi Arabia, as well as most of the gas exported from Qatar, sails through this route.

Some believe the introduction of this bill is a step in a series of actions Iran is planning, to hamper oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz, which would cause oil prices to skyrocket.

Reported at RT, “What we can look forward to in the coming weeks and months is that the Iranians will make a series of moves, beginning with this bill in the Majlis, threatening to pass the bill; if that doesn’t have an effect, certainly going ahead with the passage.”

“Then first in a series of limited moves towards threatening to actually put mines in the strait to prevent the shipping of oil from going through…to try to get the price of oil to shoot up…and to get the United States to react,”

According to Al Arabiya News, the U.S. is responding, “the message to Iran is, ‘Don’t even think about it,” according to a senior Defense Department official.
“Don’t even think about closing the strait. We’ll clear the mines. Don’t even think about sending your fast boats out to harass our vessels or commercial shipping. We’ll put them on the bottom of the Gulf.”

Zero Hedge is reporting that Arsalan Fathipour, the head of the Parliament’s Economy Committee, was interviewed by Alalam News Network, and said that the recent oil price will fall, but not for long.

He told Fars News Agency, “We take the control of the Hormuz Strait. If we are supposed to be sanctioned, we will not allow a drop of oil to pass through the strait.”

“In such a situation, oil price will surge and we will see that those who have imposed sanctions will not be able to be accountable for their people,”

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