Iran responds to US threat that the ships will be “floating
liability” asserting that Iran’s armed forces will protect Iranian oil tankers.
“Iran’s armed forces…are
prepared today as in the past to protect our fleet of oil tankers against any
threats so that it can continue to use marine waterways,” said Rear-Admiral
Mahmoud Mousavi, a deputy commander of the regular armed forces, according to
the semi-official news agency ISNA.
“From the Suez Canal to the Strait of Malacca
and all choke-points in between, Iranian tankers are a floating liability,”
U.S. Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook had said.
media reported his remarks as a threat against Iranian tankers that carry
Iran’s crude and oil products..
armed forces have the preparedness to protect our commercial fleet…as they have
in the past 40 years,” Mousavi said.
raised the possibility that countries and port operators could face U.S.
penalties for facilitating what he called Iran’s “illicit activities” if they
allowed Iranian ships access to international waterways and port facilities.
Rastad, head of Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization, said Tehran would file
a complaint next week to the International Maritime Organization over “cruel
U.S. sanctions and restrictions on maritime transport,” according to the state
news agency IRNA.
officials have threatened to block the Strait of Hormuz, a major oil shipping
route, if the United States attempts to stop the Islamic Republic’s oil
remarks that the sanctions had already
cost Iran billions of dollars in oil revenue since May, Iranian vice-president
Eshaq Jahangiri answered that Iran had sold as much oil as it needed to.