Envoy Describes Closure of Hormuz Strait as Defense Tactic
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian military commanders' threats to close the Strait of Hormoz is merely a military tactic, said Iranian Ambassador to Bahrain Hussein Amir Abdollahian.
Iranian military commanders have warned the country would prevent the oil flow to be transferred through Hormuz Strait if the West continues to threaten Iran because of its nuclear program. 40 percent of the world's traded oil transits through the strategic strait.
"Iran's military commanders' threat over closing Hormuz Strait is only a military tactic that in case of probability of a military strike against the country they may be forced to use it," the envoy said according to the Iranian students news agency.
Interviewed by Al Belad newspaper, regarding Bahrain's proposal for formation of a regional organization among Arab countries, Iran, Turkey and Israel he said "the main idea for formation of a regional cooperation organization is a good one if the Zionist regime is delisted since we have not recognized this regime."
He continued Iran appreciates Bahrain for its attempts in line with creation of peace.
Over having dialogue with US without preconditions he said Tehran has always emphasized on holding talks in such way, has sent positive signals and has studies the US behavior during talks over Iraq but President Bush and his delegation did not use the opportunity.
Iran and the US severed ties after the 1978 Islamic Revolution. The two arch foes have, however, held three rounds of talks over Iraq's security last year.
He then commented that the US President-elect Barack Obama has noticed the positive signals and has put it in his agenda.
Meanwhile, Amir Abdollahian asserted Iran does not seek domineering the region or threatening others.
"We have good relations with our neighbors but some public media have always sought to create disparities and some regional powers are trying to magnify issues to take advantage."
Also over US-Syria ties he said Iran has good relations with Syria and respects its interests, "we also have common stances and cooperate within this framework."
Americans had many opportunities which they did not use and they have to change policies towards Iran and Syria, he added.
"We do not disagree with holding talks between countries and we are not concerned over dialogue between Syria and the United States."