The ongoing war of words between Iran and the United States is heating up. Following U.S. discussion of new sanctions against the mideast nation, Iran has threatened to close the Straight of Hormuz in order to block oil shipments from the Middle East.
“If sanctions are adopted against Iranian oil, not a drop of oil will pass through the Strait of Hormuz,” Iran’s Vice President, Mohammad Reza Rahimi, said according to CNN.
To demonstrate its ability to control the Strait, Iran began a 10-day naval exercise using speedboats and missiles to demonstrate how it might carry out the effort to block the Strait.
According to the Washington Times, the chief of Iran’s Navy characterized it as “very easy” for Iran to close off the Strait of Hormuz.