June 17, 2019 / 10:38 AM / 6 months ago

Iran says if it decides to block Strait of Hormuz, it will do it 'publicly': Fars

LONDON (Reuters) - Iran’s military denied on Monday being behind attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman last week, and said if it decided to block Strait of Hormuz, a vital gateway in the Gulf for the oil industry, it will do it publicly.

Iran’s Armed Forces Chief of Staff, Major General Mohammad Baqeri was quoted as saying by Fars news agency: “Regarding the new incidents in the Persian Gulf... if the Islamic Republic of Iran decides to block exports of oil through the Strait of Hormuz, it is militarily strong enough to do that fully and publicly.”

Reporting by Bozorgmehr Sharafedin; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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