Iran threats again after EU sanctions !
Brussels, 23 January 2012 / Roni Alasor and Fiona Lorin / Ararat News - EU Foreign Ministers imposed embargo on Iranian oil imports to Europe. The Iranian central bank accounts in Europe will be also frozen as part of the EU sanctions against Tehran. The Iranian regime threatened EU and USA to close the strategic Strait of Hormuz and to make the world unsafe for the West in the shortest possible time.
The EU measures are directed against Iran’s leadership and the government nuclear programme suspected by EU and USA for aiming to create atomic weapons.
British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a joint statement: "We will not accept Iran acquiring a nuclear weapon. Iran has so far had no regard for its international obligations and is already exporting and threatening violence around its region".
The measures were "another strong step in the international effort to dramatically increase the pressure on Iran", US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a statement.
"If any disruption happens regarding the sale of Iranian oil, the Strait of Hormuz will definitely be closed," deputy head of parliament's foreign affairs and national security committee, Mohammad Kossari, told the Fars news agency. And Iranian Kossari added : "If America seeks adventures after the closure of the Strait of Hormuz, Iran will make the world unsafe for Americans in the shortest possible time".
The Strait of Hormuz is the only sea passage to the open ocean for large areas of the petroleum-exporting Persian Gulf and is one of the world's most strategically important oil transportation points.
The EU sanctions “are aimed at affecting the funding of Iran’s nuclear programme by the Iranian regime and are not aimed at the Iranian people”, declared the EU Foreign Ministers today in Brussels. “The Iranian regime itself can act responsibly and bring all sanctions to an end”, added the leaders.
Up to now, EU bought about 20% of Iran's oil exports. All existing contracts for oil import from Iran to Europe will have to be phased out by 1 July 2012.