Stop Fundamentalism – Iranian Naval ships took to the sea today covering a distance of about 2000 kilometers east of Strait of Hormuz to the Persian Gulf and then Gulf of Aden. The parade kicked off Iran’s 10 day display of sea power using ships and submarines. During these maneuvers Iran’s Navy will be closing the Strait of Hormus as part of the drill.
The Iranian Navy, trying to show some might to the west, has been threatening to close the Strait of Hormuz in the event of an attack by the west due to its clandestine nuclear weapons program. The Strait of Hormuz is the most important sea pathway for international oil trade.
The war games planned well in advance may have helped oil prices rise according to some media observers as tensions mount between Tehran, West, and the Gulf Arab countries.
“The Iranian forces can completely control the Strait of Hormuz,” said Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, Commander of the Iranian Navy, “We can close it when the order is received.”
“The exercises are intended for testing new cruisers and training personnel,” said Sayyari said reporters.
However, the forces will not be closing the Strait anymore during the next 10 days as part of the war games, again, the Navy commander.
Iran is under heavy international pressure to come clean with the international community about its nuclear program. Until now, Iran has refused to do so.