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Bravado: If its oil is banned, Iran threatened with a Hormuz Strait showdown.


Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Mohammad Reza Rahimi (r) accompanies President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Photo Credit AP Vahid Salemi 2009

1st Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi said on Tuesday if Iran oil is banned not a single drop of oil will pass through Hormuz Strait.

The first vice president was speaking at the 3rd International Forum on Development of Domestic Capabilities’ in Tehran.

He also said that “westerners are not willing to abandon their plots” against Iran and he  reiterated that “the enemies will stop their conspiracies only when they receive a crushing response from Iran”.

The situation described by Rahimi is unlikely to happen because there are not enough votes in the Security Council to any oil sanction against Iran.  Also taken into consideration the delicate situation of the Western Economies, any showdown now with Iran , specially in regard to oil, could increase the oil prices causing a sharp deterioration in the global economy.

So, the sayings of Mr Rahimi are more a bravado than anything else. You need two to tango… However, it is a given that the U.S. will mantain the Hormuz Strait “open for business” at any cost.