At a sensitive moment, the US Navy held a military exercise in the Persian Gulf! Breaking Iran’s blockade of the Strait of Hormuz

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At a sensitive moment, the US Navy held a military exercise in the Persian Gulf! Breaking Iran’s blockade of the Strait of Hormuz

2018-09-11 10:25:39 47 ℃

Because Iran’s previous spiritual leader Khamenei to President Rohani had threatened that once the United States completely blocked the Iranian economy, Iran would not hesitate to impose a blockade on the key maritime passage, the Strait of Hormuz, so the US Navy Exercises began in the key waters of the Persian Gulf from the beginning of September. The purpose of the exercise is said to be to ensure freedom of movement through the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea channel.

Exercise Commander Scott (first from right)

The US Navy's Fifth Fleet's "war zone anti-mine and sea Safety" Exercise Commander Scott told reporters that the exercise involved both regional allies and global allies. "This exercise demonstrates that the United States and our partners are ready to ensure freedom of navigation and that commercial freedom of movement is guaranteed in all places permitted by international law."

According to the report of the local Bloomberg local time on September 9, Scott said that the US allies need to be prepared to "handle anything that might threaten our interests or our (US) warships." He added that Iran’s activities in the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea region are “leading to instability”.

Another exercise being held by the US Navy is in Djibouti, Africa. Djibouti is located at the southern tip of the Red Sea and is also known as the "blocking point" for global shipping.

In early July this year, the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) held a large-scale military exercise in the Persian Gulf. The Iranian Revolutionary Guards said at the time that if Iran’s own oil exports were hampered by the United States and its allies, they would be prepared to disrupt the oil transportation of the United States’ allies through the strait.

According to the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Navy, Iran has completely controlled the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz.

Iranian officials earlier threatened to block the Strait of Hormuz and cut off major oil transportation routes in retaliation for any hostilities in the United States.

In June this year, the US state government urged oil companies to stop exporting oil from Iran before November to avoid US sanctions.

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