The report comes shortly after Iran warned that it would shut down the strategic waterway of Strait of Hormuz if the United States followed through with its threat to bring Tehran’s exports “down to zero.”
UAE-based Khaleej Times daily has cited a US Central Command (CENTCOM) officer, identified as Major Josh Jacques as saying that the US partners with “many nations to provide and promote security and stability in the region.” The report, however, doesn’t directly refer to the Persian Gulf region.
“Together, we stand ready to ensure the freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce wherever international law allows,” Jacques allegedly added.
The announcement comes on the heels of threats from Iran to close the Strait of Hormuz, thus cutting off the main oil shipping route in response to any hostile action from the US.
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In a parallel development, Iranian Armed Forces Chief of Staff Major General Mohammed Bagheri said on Wednesday that the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) was ready to defend the strategic waterway if any country breaks international laws.
“The IRGC Navy’s preparedness and capabilities unsettle the aggressors before entering the Strait of Hormuz, and [this is why] they have adhered to international laws over the past year. And, should they overstep that, they will face the IRGC Navy’s response and restraining measures….