Only days after Iran completed a 10-day naval drill in the Persian Gulf, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps announced that another naval manoeuvre is set for February.
Admiral Ali Fadavi, of the IRGC naval force, announced that the drill will be carried out next month in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz.
Iranian Vice President Mohammadreza Rahimi previously had said that if Iranian oil is put under an embargo, Iran will not allow a drop of oil to get through the Strait of Hormuz.
The U.S., which has a naval fleet based in the Persian Gulf, said it will not allow any disruption of shipping in the strategic waterway.
At its narrowest, the Strait of Hormuz is 54 kilometres wide, between the coasts of Iran and Oman. Twenty kilometres of this distance belongs to Iran, another 20 to Oman and the remaining 14 kilometres are considered international waters.
Currently all oil exports from Iraq, Kuwait and Qatar as well as most Saudi and UAE oil exports travel through the Strait of Hormuz.