Press TV – Dec 4, 2018
President Hassan Rouhani has reaffirmed that the United States will not be able to stop Iran’s oil sales, warning that no crude will find its way out of the Persian Gulf should Washington attempt to target Iranian crude exports.
“The US should know [this] that we are selling and will continue to sell our oil and it will not be able to block Iran’s oil exports. And it should also know that if it attempts to stop Iran’s oil [sales] someday, no oil will be exported from the Persian Gulf,” he said during a speech on Tuesday in the city of Shahroud, Semnan Province.
Rouhani further noted that Washington had failed in its declared aims of stopping Iran’s crude exports, choking its trade with the world, and isolating the country regionally and internationally.
“Our great nation proved to be the ultimate victor of this battle on all stages,” the president said.
Washington has re-imposed its unilateral anti-Iran sanctions, including an oil embargo, after withdrawing from a landmark 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and major powers in May in defiance of international objections.
The US had initially vowed to reduce Iran’s oil sales to “zero” under the bans, but it later backed down and granted waivers to almost all of Tehran’s major crude buyers.
“We will expand our relationship with neighbors, Muslim countries, and the world,” Rouhani said. The Islamic Republic, he added, is not adversarial towards any of its neighbors.
The president further underscored the Iranian nation’s “great victories” of the past 40 years in the fight against “the oppressive and tyrannical enemy,” referring to the US.
He further pointed out a number of defeats the US has suffered in its hostile plots, including staging a coup, undermining the economy through sanctions and breaking away the southern province of Khuzestan from the country.
Iran deploys massive naval force to Persian Gulf after Rouhani threatens to block Strait of Hormuz
AMN – Dec 4, 2018
The Islamic Republic of Iran has allegedly deployed a massive naval contingent to the Persian Gulf, today, after the nation’s president, Hassan Rouhani, threatened to block the vital Strait of Hormuz.
According to a report from the Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA), the Iranian Navy deployed 58 fleets to the northern waters of the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden on Tuesday.
Citing Navy commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi, the ISNA said that the naval contingent is closely monitoring the northern waters of the Indian Ocean as they await orders from Tehran.
This move by the Iranian Navy comes just hours after Rouhani vowed to block the Strait of Hormuz if the U.S. blocks their oil.
“If someday, the United States decides to block Iran’s oil [exports], no oil will be exported from the Persian Gulf,” Rouhani said during an address to the people of the Semnan Province on December 4th.
The Iranian president also said that ultimately the U.S. won’t be able to halt Tehran’s oil trade and promised that the country will emerge victorious from the confrontation with Washington.
Relations between the US and Iran took a nosedive after US President Trump announced the country would be exiting the Iranian nuclear deal and re-imposing sanctions against Tehran’s energy and banking sectors.
In return, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and other Iranian officials warned the US against attempting to curb Tehran’s oil trade, promising to block the Strait of Hormuz, the only exit from the Persian Gulf — one of the key sources of oil exports in the world.