Hormuz Strait to open until Iranian ships pass
Azerbaijan, Baku, July 23/Trend, corr D. Khatinoglu/
Hormuz Strait will open until Iranian ships and tankers pass through, deputy commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Naval Force Ali Tangsiri said.
According to an IRNA report, he underlined that the country's enemies continually suggest that Iran is planning to close the Hormuz Strait, but "Iran will never close it while we ourselves use this strait".
Tangsiri's statement came while some Iranian MPs are preparing to ratify a bill with 14 preconditions towards the West to keep the Hormuz waterway open, otherwise the strait would be blocked.
According to the bill signed by 150 of 290 MPs, all sanctions against Iran should be eliminated and the U.S. and the European Union should pay in a tariff to the amount of three per cent of the value of transported oil through Hormuz.
Previously, chief of staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Hassan Firouzabadi urged that Iran would close Hormuz Strait in case its interests and security is faced with dangers.
About 15 to 17 million barrels of oil pass through the Hormuz Strait in a day.
The U.S. and EU have imposed sanctions over Iran on June 28 and July 1 respectively which cover Iranian oil export and Central Bank of Iran involved in transferring the crude oil export payments.
According to the reports, Iran's oil export halved in July falling to 1.1 million barrels per day compared to last year's daily 2.3 million barrel export.