“It is really an unfounded and unjust thing, to suspect, to do that one day, all of the oil to the export-producing countries in the be able to of oil, while Iran will be able to do so,” said the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
(Iranian presidency Office via AP)
The usual harassment of U.S. warships by small Iranian gunboats in the Persian Gulf has stopped this year, according to the Navy, but the suspension of the activity could be in danger as Iran threatens to block the Strait of Hormuz.
According to the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet, based in Bahrain, the so-called “unsafe and unprofessional” interactions in General, the first year took place once a month during the term of office of the President of Trump in office. But there are no cases of harassment this year.
Then President Barack Obama last year in office, Iranian war ships of the U.S. Navy harassed about three times a month. These interactions fell by around 60 percent in the Trump for the first year in office.
The last insecure interaction almost a year ago, on Aug. 14, 2017, if an Iranian drone flew too close to an F/A-18 Hornet attempting to land aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz, according to the Navy.
Iranian harassment of US warships in the Gulf
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Iranian officials, though, are now threatening to block the Strait of Hormuz where 30 percent of the world’s oil transits per day in and out of the Persian Gulf — something that could jeopardise the suspension of the harassment. This came after a senior US state Department warned of further sanctions slapped on the Islamic Republic in November, if Iran change its behavior.
“Our goal is to increase the pressure on the Iranian regime by reducing to zero, his revenue from the oil sale. Now, we are working to minimise disruption to the global market, but we are save confident that there is sufficient global oil production capacity,” Brian Hook, director of policy planning for the State Department, said on Monday.
Iran’s President responded to a hook a day later, calling such threats are exaggerated.
“In my opinion, what conduct an official US further, if you say that the United States of America intends to reduce to zero Iranian oil exports, are actually comments, which I think are exaggerated and on a practical level, could never be implemented,” the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in addition to his Swiss counterpart in Bern on Tuesday.
“The U.S. and its partners and the promotion of security and stability in the region. Together, we are ready to the freedom of navigation and free trade, where the international law.”
Navy Captain Bill Urban
“It is really an unfounded and unjust thing, to suspect, to do that one day, all of the oil to the export-producing countries in the be able to of oil, while Iran will be able to do so,” Rouhani added.
Esmail Kowsari, Deputy commander of the Sarollah IRGC base in Tehran, said: “Any hostile attempt of the United States, followed by an exorbitant cost for them,” according to Bloomberg.
“If Iran is its oil exports should be prevented, we will not be exported, the permission for oil around the world told through the Strait of Hormuz,” Kowsari.
The head of Iran’s Quds Force, the special operations wing of its revolutionary guards, said that his forces in Iraq and Syria and would be ready to respond if ordered.
“I kiss your (Rouhani) hand for the expression of such a way and in a timely manner, the comments, and I am said to be in your service for the implementation of any policy that serves the Islamic Republic”, Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani on Wednesday.
If you are asked to comment on Iran’s latest threat, a spokesman for the US Central Command responsible for American forces in the Middle East, said the US is ready for this kind of reply.
“The U.S. and its partners and the promotion of security and stability in the region. Together, we are ready to the freedom of navigation and free trade, where the international law,” said Navy Captain Bill Urban.
While the US Navy warships in the Red sea and the Persian Gulf, no American aircraft carrier in the vicinity.
The USS Harry S. Truman strike group is training with the French forces in the Atlantic ocean, and hosted the U.S. Ambassador in Paris, Jamie D. McCourt, on Board 3. July, according to a statement from the U.S. Navy.
The amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima with dozens of helicopters and jets, along with hundreds of Marines, is in the region, according to the Navy.
At the end of last week, Trump said he got the assurance from Saudi Arabia’s king to increase oil production to make up for the loss of Iranian oil on the world market.
“Just Arabia said to the king Salman of Saudi and explained to him that, because of the turmoil & dysfunction in Iran and in Venezuela, I demand that Saudi Arabia increased oil production, perhaps up to 2,000,000 barrels, the difference…the prices are too high! He has agreed!” Trump said in a tweet.
Only Arabia said to the king Salman of Saudi and explained to him that, because of the turmoil & dysfunction in Iran and Venezuela, I demand that Saudi Arabia increased oil production, perhaps up to 2,000,000 barrels, the difference…the prices are too high! He has agreed!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 30. June 2018
The first uncertain incident of the trump management was carried out in July 2017, if a U.S. Navy warship warning fired shots on an Iranian gun to take a boat to, a warning, a sign, and approached within 150 yards.
In may, President Trump signs a nuclear agreement with Iran moved to the United States to the year 2015 come true. The State Department says that the new Iranian sanctions targeting its automotive sector, gold and other metals to enter into force in the next month, and Tehran is the energy-sector to be affected will be with the new sanctions in November.
Lucas Tomlinson is the Pentagon and the State Department producer for Fox News Channel. You can follow him on Twitter: @Lucas FoxNews