Iran threatens the Gulf won’t be safe if Tehran’s oil exports cut to zero
If Iran’s oil exports are cut to zero, international waterways will not have the same security as before, President Hassan Rouhani threatened on Wednesday.
Earlier, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the US would take every action against any nation which helps Iran deliver oil, addressing the recent release of the Grace 1 tanker, which is carrying Iranian oil from Gibraltar.
The comment by Rouhani coincided with a remark by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif that Tehran might act “unpredictably” in response to “unpredictable” US policies under President Donald Trump.
“World powers know that in the case that oil is completely sanctioned and Iran’s oil exports are brought down to zero, international waterways can’t have the same security as before,” Rouhani said while meeting Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, according to Khamenei’s official website.
“So unilateral pressure against Iran can’t be to their advantage and won’t guarantee their security in the region and the world.”
A US military MQ-9 drone was shot down by Iranian-backed Houthi terrorists in Yemen’s Dhamar governate, southeast of the capital Sanaa, two U.S. officials said on Wednesday, the second such incident in recent months.
Iran recently started enriching uranium beyond a limit established in a 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers, a deal from which Trump withdrew. Trump has since intensified economic sanctions on Tehran, and tensions have escalated.
The US sent thousands of additional troops, nuclear-capable B-52 bombers, and advanced fighter jets into the Mideast. Mysterious attacks on oil tankers and Iran shooting down a U.S. military surveillance drone has added to the fears of an armed conflict breaking out.