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Newspaper: Iran to block Hormuz through oil spill

The Chief of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards has composed a plan for an environmental disaster which is meant to block shipping in the Hormuz Strait and thereby have the sanctions imposed on the country lifted, Reuters reports based on an article from Der Spiegel.

According to Der Spiegel, Mohammad Ali Jafari, Chief of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, has composed a plan aimed at easing the financial sanctions imposed on the country. The operation codenamed “Muddy Water” entails a tanker crashing into the rocks in the Strait and thereby blocking the world’s most important oil shipping waterway, Reuters reports.

“The aim is to block shipping temporarily through the contamination, to 'punish' adjacent Arab states that are hostile to Iran and to force the West to take part in a large-scale cleanup of the waters - and possibly thereby a suspension of sanctions against Tehran”, Der Spiegel reports.

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