The Iranians are standing their ground over their threat to close the Strait of Hormuz to barge shipping if the US imposes economic sanctions on them.

Iran rejects US warning over Strait of Hormuz

The Revolutionary Guards of Iran have rejected a warning from the US not to close the strategic Strait of Hormuz, saying ‘our response to threats is threats.’ Iran wants the West to drop the option of new sanctions.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have rejected a warning from the United States not to close the strategic oil transport route, the Strait of Hormuz, saying it will protect the country’s vital interests.

Brigadier General Hossein Salami, a Revolutionary Guards commander, says Iran’s “response to threats is threats.”

The comments come after the US said it would not tolerate any “interference with the transit of vessels” through the Strait of Hormuz.

But Iran says it will close the Strait if the US and European Union impose fresh sanctions over Tehran’s suspected nuclear program.

Deputy President Mohammad Reza Rahimi said earlier this week that “not a drop of oil will pass through the Strait” if the West broadens its current sanctions. Read report.