1/04/2012

Foreign Warships Will Need Iran's Permission to Pass through Strait of Hormoz

TEHRAN (FNA)- All foreign warships will soon be unable to pass through
the Strait of Hormoz unless they first receive a permission from the
Iranian Navy ships deployed in the region, an Iranian parliamentarian
said, adding that the country's lawmakers are now working on a
relevant plan as the strategic waterway is part of the Iranian
territories.
"If the military vessels and warships of any country want to pass via
the Strait of Hormoz without coordination and permission of Iran's
Navy forces, they should be stopped by the Iranian Armed Forces,"
Nader Qazipour told FNA, explaining about the contents of the plan.
He underlined that the plan will be presented to the parliament's
presiding board next week.
In relevant remarks on Monday, another Iranian legislator stressed
that Iran will use all its capabilities and possibilities to defend
the country against foreign threats and the country will use the
Strait of Hormoz as a defensive tool and will close the waterway if it
comes under threat.
"Iran will definitely use the defensive potential of the Strait of
Hormoz if it is faced with threats," Rapporteur of the parliament's
National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Kazzem Jalali told
FNA.
Iranian lawmakers and officials have recently warned enemies that Iran
is entitled to the right to close the strategic oil lifeline as a
defensive option against foreign invasion.
"The closure of the Strait of Hormuz is not on the Islamic Republic of
Iran's agenda (at present), but if threats against Iran come to
trample upon the rights of our nation while others use the strait for
exporting their oil, then Iran will be entitled to the right to close
the Strait of Hormuz," member of the Iranian Parliament Mohammad Taqi
Rahbar told FNA late December.
"The international conventions reserve such rights for the Islamic
Republic of Iran as well," Rahbar underscored.
The lawmaker, however, said, "For the time being, the Islamic Republic
of Iran has not decided to close the strait, but this (closing the
strait) depends on the conditions of the region."