Iran threatens to close key access point to Persian Gulf

Access to the Strait of Hormuz, a key chokepoint for the global oil trade, could be shut down if the US blocks Iran's oil export, threatens the Iranian president.

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Iran threatens to shut down the Strait of Hormuz, and thus the oil export that goes through the Persian Gulf, if the US blocks the country's oil export. The warning came from Iran's President Hassan Rouhani in an interview with Iranian state television, report several news outlets.

"If someday, the United States decides to block Iran's oil [exports], no oil will be exported from the Persian Gulf," the Iranian president is quoted as saying.

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