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[Published: Friday July 06 2018]

 US vows to keep Gulf waterway open despite Iran's threats

 
WASHINGTON 6 Jul (ANA) - The US military has promised once again to keep Gulf waterways open to oil tankers as the Iranian president appeared to renew threats to close off the region.
 
Captain Bill Urban, a spokesman for the US military's Central Command, told the Associated Press news agency on Wednesday that US sailors and its regional allies "stand ready to ensure the freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce wherever international law allows".
 
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday hinted Iran could halt regional exports if it is stopped from exporting oil after the US pulled out of the nuclear deal with world powers.
 
"The Americans have claimed they want to completely stop Iran's oil exports. They don't understand the meaning of this statement, because it has no meaning for Iranian oil not to be exported, while the region's oil is exported," the website, president.ir, quoted him as saying.
 
Military praises Rouhani stance
Iranian officials in the past have threatened to block the Strait of Hormuz, a major oil shipping route, in retaliation for any hostile US action against Iran.
 
Separately, a senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander said on Wednesday that they were ready to prevent regional oil exports if Iranian oil sales were banned by the US.(ANA)
FA/ANA/6 July 2018-------
 

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