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STRAIT OF HORMUZ OPEN FOR ALL, OR FOR NONE – IRANIAN COMMANDER

TEHRAN, The Iran Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) warned on Thursday that it could block the Strait of Hormuz if the US stops Iran from exporting oil, Xinhua news agency reported, citing ISNA, Iran's semi official news agency.

IRGC chief commander Maj Gen Mohammad Ali Jafari made the remarks in reference to remarks made by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani that if Iran could not export its crude oil through the Strait of Hormuz, no other country would be able to do so.

On Tuesday, Rouhani warned against the US attempt to block Iran's crude oil exports from November, saying that "cutting Iran's oil would mean cutting the region's oil.

"It would be meaningless if Iran cannot export its oil while others in the region can. Do this if you can and will see its consequences," Rouhani said during a visit to Bern, Switzerland.

On Thursday, Jafari hailed Rouhani's strong stance against Washington's threats, expressing the hope that the warning would be put into action should the need arises.

''The Strait of Hormuz is either for all, or for none," Jafari stressed.

Meanwhile, the commander of Quds Force, Qasem Soleimani lauded Rouhani for responding strongly to a US plan to block Iran's oil sales.

"This is the Rouhani that we know and the one he should be," he added.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK


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