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Report: Iran Planning Massive Oil Spill in Strait of Hormuz

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Iran may purposefully contaminate the waters of the Strait of Hormuz by performing an oil spill, according to a report in the German weekly Der Spiegel on Sunday.

The plan, codenamed “Murky Waters”, would block oil shipping routes in the Gulf. It would also drive up oil prices and force the west into an emergency cleanup in cooperation with Iran, which would likely reduce sanctions on the country.

The decision whether to implement the plan rests with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.  It is the brain child of Iranian Revolutionary Guard commander General Mohammed Ali Jafari and Navy Commander Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi.

Iran Prepared to Take Military Action Over Disputed Gulf Island

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

AP reports that the Iranian army is prepared for a military confrontation with the United Arab Emirates should diplomacy over a disputed gulf island fail.

“We do not allow any country to carry out an invasion,” ground forces commander Gen. Ahmad Reza Pourdastan told Iranian state television. “If these disturbances are not solved through diplomacy, the military forces are ready to show the power of Iran to the offender. Iran will strongly defend its right.”

The Abu Musa island in the Persian Gulf is controlled by Iran, but the UAE disputes Iranian sovereignty. The island is situated at the entryway to the Strait of Hormuz, which is of critical strategic importance due to the fact that almost one-fifth of the global oil supply passes through it.

Iran has threatened to close the Strait should it be attacked.

 

Report: Iranian Retaliation Will Be Multi-Pronged Attack on Israeli, Jewish Targets

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

The New York Times quoted an anonymous former senior Israeli official on Wednesday as saying that Iranian retaliation against an Israeli military strike would best be described through a formula he termed “1991 plus 2006 plus Buenos Aires, times 3 or 5.” That is, Iran’s response would be the functional equivalent of Iraq’s scud missile attack on Israel in the 1991 Gulf War, the 3000+ Hizbollah rockets fired on Israel during the 2006 Second Lebanon War, and the terror attacks on Israeli and Jewish targets in Buenos Aires in the early 1990s, multiplied in scale at least three times.

“Forty missiles fired at Israel are no small matter – but it’s better that a nuclear Iran,” the ex-official said.

This evaluation is premised on the notion that Iran would seek to avoid an all-out regional war, and suffice with a pointed yet limited retaliation. Recent comments by the US Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff notwithstanding, this is a shaky premise, and US defense experts concede as much.

The report went on to say that the Pentagon believes that attacking Iran would serve as a pretext for Iran to block the Strait of Hormuz, and would also result in a missile salvo on Israel regardless of whether it was responsible. Iran would be cautious with respect to American interests and targets, knowing that the US has the wherewithal to permanently incapacitate its nuclear program.

In related news, the US Air Force Chief of Staff sought to allay speculation that the US has precluded the military option against Iran by telling reporters Wednesday that the US has drafted military plans to strike Iran’s nuclear sites, according to the Bloomberg News Agency.

General Norton Schwartz was also reported to have said “What we can do, you wouldn’t want to be in the area.”

Bloomberg also quoted Pentagon officials, who delved into specifics but spoke on condition of anonymity since the plans are confidential. The military contingencies that have been prepared include providing aerial refueling for Israeli jets, launching attacks against the Revolutionary Guard Corps and its elite Quds Force, as well as regular Iranian military bases.

These comments appear to be the latest missives in the Obama Administration’s attempt to beef up its image as tough on Iran. There have been reports of Israeli displeasure with what they perceive as an official administration line downplaying the chances of a military strike, and in the process diminishing the West’s deterrent power.

Iranian Officials Again Threaten Closure of Strait of Hormuz

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Two Iranian officials on Monday reiterated threats that their country would block the Strait of Hormuz, in retaliation for oil sanctions on the Islamic theocracy.

The remarks were made in anticipation of the EU decision to institute an oil embargo on Iran.

A day earlier, US aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln sailed through the Strait of Hormuz without incident. Iran appeared to be lowering the rhetoric in light of comments by a senior Revolutionary Guard Corps official acknowledging that the return of US carriers was “routine”.

Iran Insists Closing Strait of Hormuz an Option; US Insists Iran Still Has Path to End Dispute

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations reiterated his country’s stance that closing the Strait of Hormuz is an option if Iran deems it necessary to deal with a security threat.

“There is no decision to block and close the Strait of Hormuz unless Iran is threatened seriously and somebody wants to tighten the noose,” Ambassador Mohammad Khazaee said on a PBS news program. “All the options are or would be on the table.”

Meanwhile in Washington DC, the White House is still hoping Iran will take “a peaceful way out” of the controntation over its nuclear program.

“If the Iranians are serious about restarting talks, then they need to respond to [EU envoy Catherine Ashton's] letter,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said to reporters in a White House briefing. “That is the channel by which…the restarting of those talks would take place.”

Carney declined to comment on reports that President Barack Obama sent Iranian leaders a letter suggesting direct talks.

Iran Says Obama Called for Direct Talks in “Red Line” Letter

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

An Iranian lawmaker has claimed that US President Barack Obama called for direct talks with Iran in the same letter that the Obama administration declared that closing the Strait of Hormuz is a “red line.

Ali Motahari told the semiofficial Fars news agency that “[in] the letter, Obama called for direct talks with Iran . . . The first part of the letter contains threats and the second part contains an offer for dialogue.”

The White House would neither comment on the report nor confirm the letter Wednesday.

Israel, US Postpone Drill as Relations with Iran Intensify

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

The much-publicized joint defense drill planned between Israel and the United States has been postponed in the wake of quickly escalating tensions between the two countries and Iran.

The decision to delay ‘Austere Challenge 12’ for six months was made by Washington, which felt tensions in the Middle East would be ramped up by a display of the allies’ military maneuverings.  The drill is scheduled to be the largest joint military exercise to ever take place between the nations, will include approximately 5,000 soldiers from Israel and the US, and will simulate a ballistic missile strike on Israel in order to test the country’s missile defense systems.

Recent days and weeks have seen an increase in speculation that Israel is preparing to bomb Iranian nuclear targets, with a top Iranian nuclear scientist killed in a car bomb on January 11. Following that attack, the 5th such assassination of an Iranian scientist in 2 years, Tehran submitted a letter to Washington accusing the CIA of committing the bombing.

Iran has threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz, a critical oil supply route.  The United States passed a message to Iran on Sunday that blocking the waterway would constitute a “red line” over which Iran could not cross without an American response.

Iran Confirms Receipt of US Letter Regarding Strait of Hormuz

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Iran confirmed on Sunday that it had received a letter from the US government responding to Iran’s threat to close the Strait of Hormuz should sanctions prevent it exporting oil.

“America’s message over the Strait of Hormuz reached us through three channels. It was given to our UN representative, the Swiss ambassador conveyed it to the Foreign Ministry and also Iraqi President Jalal Talabani gave the message to Iran,” a Foreign Ministry spokesman said.

The New York Times reported that the contents of the letter conveyed to Iranian Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameneni that closing the Strait would constitute crossing a “red line.”

Iran has not yet decided if it would reply to the letter.

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