Philippine Daily Inquirer

Iran threat­ens to block oil shipments


LON­DON— Iran could re­duce its co­op­er­a­tion with the United Na­tions nu­clear watch­dog, Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani told the body’s head on Wed­nes­day, af­ter he warned US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump of “con­se­quences” of moves against Ira­nian oil sales. “The Amer­i­cans say they want to re­duce Ira­nian oil ex­ports to zero. It shows they have not thought about its con­se­quences,” Rouhani said, hint­ing at dis­rupt­ing oil shipments that pass through the Per­sian Gulf from neigh­bor­ing coun­tries if Wash­ing­ton tries to cut its ex­ports. He did not elab­o­rate, but an Ira­nian Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Guards com­man­der ex­plic­itly said on Wed­nes­day Iran would block any ex­ports of crude for the Gulf in re­tal­i­a­tion for hos­tile US ac­tion.

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