Strait of Hormuz

The U.S. is planning to increase its military presence in the Persian Gulf region in preparation for Iran’s possible attempt to block the Strait of Hormuz.

The Wall Street Journal reports that U.S. forces are also adapting weapon systems to their warships to counter Iranian fast-attack boats and shore-launched missiles.

The report adds that the Pentagon has notified Congress of plans for mine-detection and clearing equipment and expanding surveillance in the strait.

In recent months, several Iranian officials have announced that if the world insists on imposing an embargo on Iranian oil, Iran will do everything in its power to block the Strait of Hormuz. That strategic waterway sees the passage of 17 percent of the world’s oil consumption on a daily basis.

The U.S. has responded to Iran’s threats in kind, saying it will not allow any disruption in the region’s usual maritime traffic.