Iran’s Khamenei to decide on Strait of Hormuz

Last Updated: Sunday, July 15, 2012 - 18:48

Tehran: The chairman of Iran`s Joint Chiefs of Staff says the decision over whether Tehran would block the strategic Strait of Hormuz, the passageway through which a fifth of the world`s oil flows, rests in the hands of the country`s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Gen Hasan Firouzabadi says Iran has a contingency plan to close the key route, but Khamenei, as commander in chief of the armed forces, would have to make the final decision.

Firouzabadi`s comments come two weeks after the European Union enforced a total oil embargo against Iran for its refusal to halt its uranium enrichment programme.

His comments were reported by the semi-official Fars news agency today.

Iran`s Revolutionary Guard has previously warned that Tehran would order the closure if the country`s oil exports were blocked.

IANS



First Published: Sunday, July 15, 2012 - 18:48

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