Closure of Hormuz Only One Tool to Counter US’ Pressure – Iranian MP
By Staff, Sputnik
Amid US President Donald Trump’s continued attempts to step up pressure on Iran and its oil industry, Member of the Iranian Parliament Ali Golmoradi told Sputnik that Tehran has enough tools of leverage to resist the US economic offensive, including the closure of the Hormuz Strait.
The Trump administration announced on 22 April that waivers for countries still buying crude from Iran would expire in May 2019. The White House made it clear that all countries importing Iran oil will be subjected to sanctions.
Golmoradi, member of the Iranian Parliament Committee on Energy, called the US sanctions inhumane and asserted that Tehran is capable of withstanding the pressure.
He further highlighted that the Iranian authorities possess a wide range of "tools" to counter US coercion, including the blockade of the Hormuz Strait.
"The steps which have been taken by the US towards Iran have never been and won't be something unexpected for the Iranian authorities," Golmoradi said.
"We have many options to counter the United States, we are not limited to one or two options. We will weigh up the advantages and disadvantages before making a decision. Of course, this will be an acceptable and optimal solution. The closure of the Strait of Hormuz is just one of the options for responding to US actions."
Tehran has repeatedly signaled that it could block the Strait of Hormuz in response to Washington's sanctions resumed following Donald Trump's unilateral withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action [JCPOA], commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal, in May 2018.
Having imposed sanction on Iran's oil industry on 5 November 2018, Trump granted a waiver for several countries, including China, India, Japan, South Korea and Turkey, to purchase hydrocarbons from the Islamic Republic, in order to prevent a sharp increase in oil prices.
However, the Trump administration has threatened to cut Iran's oil exports to zero on multiple occasions, prompting harsh criticism from Tehran.