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Iran Lawmakers Prepare to Close Hormuz Strait

Iranian lawmakers have drafted a bill that would close the Strait of Hormuz for oil tankers heading to countries supporting current economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
"There is a bill prepared in the National Security and Foreign Policy committee of Parliament that stresses the blocking of oil tanker traffic carrying oil to countries that have sanctioned Iran," Iranian MP Ibrahim Agha-Mohammadi told reporters.
"This bill has been developed as an answer to the European Union's oil sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran."
Agha-Mohammadi said that 100 of Tehran's 290 members of parliament had signed the bill as of Sunday.
Iran's threats to block the waterway through which about 17 million barrels a day sailed in 2011 have grown in the past year as US and European sanctions aimed at starving Tehran of funds for its nuclear programme have tightened.
The Strait of Hormuz is a vital shipping route through which most of the crude exported from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Iraq and nearly all the gas exported from Qatar sails.
An EU ban on Iranian oil imports came into effect on Sunday.

http://www.rt.com/news/iran-bill-hormuz-strait-218/

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They're asking for war.

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Who's got the biggest balls? I guess we might find out soon.

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Re: Iran Lawmakers Prepare to Close Hormuz Strait

The United States has reportedly bolstered its air and naval presence in the Persian Gulf as Iran is in the middle of a three day series of missile tests aimed at mock foreign bases.
The buildup is to strengthen the US’ position at the Strait of Hormuz, a key world oil route that Iran has threatened to block amid tightening sanctions over its nuclear program, the New York Times reports.
Iran insists its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, such as power generation and cancer treatment. But Western powers suspect the Islamic Republic wants to build nuclear weapons, and Israel has hinted at an attack if diplomatic efforts and sanctions fail to eliminate what it sees as a direct threat.
The message to Iran is, ‘Don’t even think about it,’ ” one senior Defense Department official told the New York Times. “We’ll clear the mines. Don’t even think about sending your fast boats out to harass our vessels or commercial shipping. We’ll put them on the bottom of the gulf.”
The Navy has doubled its minesweepers in the gulf to eight ships, while F-22 and F-15C warplanes have been moved and positioned at two bases in the Persian Gulf region.
As part of the missile tests Tuesday, Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guards test fired several ballistic missiles, including a long-range variety capable of hitting U.S. bases in the region as well as Israel, Iranian media reported.
The official IRNA news agency said the surface-to-surface missiles successfully hit their targets, while semi-official Fars said the salvos included the so-called Shahab-3 missile. It quoted a leading officer as saying the missiles travelled distances of up to 1,300 kilometers, or 800 miles.
"So far, we have launched missiles from 300 to 1,300 kilometers in the maneuver," said Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, who heads the Guards' aerospace division. He hinted that some missiles had an even longer range.
Iran has tested a variety of missiles in previous war games, including a Shahab-3 variant with a range of 1,200 miles.
Israel is about 600 miles away from Iran's western borders, while the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet is based in Bahrain, some 120 miles from Iranian shores in the Persian Gulf.
The commander quoted by Fars said Iran also plans to use both unmanned and manned bombers in the war games.
He said Iran is testing a variety of other missiles in the exercises, which Tehran says aim to assess the accuracy and effectiveness of its warheads and weapons systems.
On Sunday, a European Union oil embargo meant to pressure Iran over its nuclear program came into effect.
Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, said Tuesday that the new embargo is "the strongest" yet imposed on the country.
But he added that Iran should view the EU ban "as an opportunity to wean the country's budget off its dependence on oil revenues," saying that would "remove the weapon of oil from the enemy's hand forever."
Iran is the second largest OPEC oil producer, producing about 4 million barrels of oil a day. The country relies on oil exports for about 80 percent of its foreign revenues. However, a large portion of Iran's crude production is used domestically.
Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman said the sanctions would not affect Iran's nuclear activities, but they might damage nuclear talks between Iran and the West.
"As long as they wrongly imagine that imposing illegal and illegitimate sanctions would make us back off on our rights and they can talk down to us in negotiations, such an attitude will definitely have a negative impact on the success of the talks," he said.
Low-level technical talks between Iran and the world powers opened Tuesday in Istanbul, Turkey. That follows three rounds of nuclear negotiations between Iran and six world powers that have failed to produce a breakthrough.


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So we just let Iran do whatever they want whenever they want with zero consequences? They're trying to shut down a life line for millions of people in the middle east. How do you think those countries make their money, OIL!! Many countries have tried to work with Iran, but they just give everyone the finger and do as the please. Nope, not gonna work for me.

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A Nuclear Iran will not be a good thing, China and Russia know it too.

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Recipe for disaster. And what is this 'zionist' word? What does it mean? Pardon my ignorance! Israel gets so much grief and has done since the book of Exodus. Interesting.

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Recipe for disaster. And what is this 'zionist' word? What does it mean? Pardon my ignorance! Israel gets so much grief and has done since the book of Exodus. Interesting.
It's a code word for Jews that the Hitlerites use, they see the Jewish boogeyman hiding behind every corner and imagine some vast Jewish conspiracy runs the world.

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So we just let Iran do whatever they want whenever they want with zero consequences? They're trying to shut down a life line for millions of people in the middle east. How do you think those countries make their money, OIL!! Many countries have tried to work with Iran, but they just give everyone the finger and do as the please. Nope, not gonna work for me.
Funny how USA and EU can do the same shit and no one gives a fuck. USA is a war country, if a country doesn't agree with them, they go to war...

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