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Iran says it could close Strait of Hormuz, but doesn't want to

Iran could close the Strait of Hormuz, halting worldwide oil trade, but it does not want to do so, said the country's foreign minister in an interview with Bloomberg Wednesday.

Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran's foreign minister, says he does not want to close the Strait of Hormuz but that Iran is capable of doing so. Photo: EVGENIA NOVOZHENINA/REUTERS / X90209

Iran is capable of shutting the Strait of Hormuz – a crucial choke-point for oil flows – but doesn't want to do it, the country's foreign minister said.

"We certainly have the ability to do it, but we certainly don't want to do it because the Strait of Hormuz and the Persian Gulf are our lifeline," Mohammad Javad Zarif said Wednesday in an interview with Bloomberg Television in New York. "It has to be secured. We play a big role in securing it, but it has to be secure for everybody."

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