No country can prevent closure of Hormuz Strait: Iran cmdr.
An Iranian Navy ship fires a Mehrab (Altar) missile during the Velayat-90 naval drills in the Strait of Hormuz in southern Iran on January 1, 2012.
A senior Iranian commander says Iran will keep the Strait of Hormuz open as long as the country’s interests are met, stressing that no country can prevent the closure of this major energy transit route.
“Many military experts are aware that if Iran decides to close the Strait of Hormuz, no country or countries would be able to prevent it,” Iranian Armed Forces' Deputy Chief of Staff Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri said in an interview with Iran's Arabic-language news channel Al Alam
Noting that Iran has always tried to keep the Strait of Hormuz open, the commander added that the Islamic Republic’s goal is for everyone in the world to use the Strait of Hormuz, but as long as it does not harm Iran’s interests.
“Otherwise, our reaction will be definitely different," Jazayeri warned.
He added that since the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979, Iran has always made efforts to have peaceful and secure relations with all countries on the basis of negotiations.
In response to the US-led European Union embargoes on Iran's oil industry, Iran has repeatedly said it will close the strategic waterway to a large portion of the global energy flow if necessary.
On July 2, 100 Iranian lawmakers signed a double-urgency motion to pass a legislation aimed at closing the Strait of Hormuz.
The US-led bans are meant to pressure the Islamic Republic over its nuclear energy program, which Washington, Tel Aviv and some Western states claim includes a military aspect.
Iran dismisses such charges, arguing that as a committed signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, it is entitled to use the nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
Jazayeri also described as “political bluff and psychological warfare” the US threats to launch a military attack on Iran should negotiations with the six major world powers (P5+1) fail to achieve results.
“Neither the United States, nor the Zionist regime [of Israel] are able to attack Iran,” the senior commander said.
He added that the Americans and Zionists are no position to get involved in a new conflict.
The United States and Israel have repeatedly threatened Iran with a military option in a bid to force the Islamic Republic to halt its nuclear energy program.
Iranian officials have also promised a crushing response to any military strike against the country, warning that any such measure could result in a war that would spread beyond the Middle East.