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Iran top leader one to decide on Strait of Hormuz

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July 15, 2012, 12:39 p.m. | World — by Associated Press

In this Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009 file photo, Iranian Vice-President Mohammad Reza Rahimi, right, accompanies President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in his departure ceremony as he leaves Tehran's Mehrabad airport for Copenhagen to attend the U.N. Climate Summit
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The chairman of Iran's Joint Chiefs of Staff says the decision over whether Tehran would block the strategic Strait of Hormuz, the passageway through which a fifth of the world's oil flows, rests in the hands of the country's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Gen. Hasan Firouzabadi says Iran has a contingency plan to close the key route, but Khamenei, as commander in chief of the armed forces, would have to make the final decision.

Firouzabadi's comments come two weeks after the European Union enforced a total oil embargo against Iran for its refusal to halt its uranium enrichment program. His comments were reported by the semi-official Fars news agency Sunday.

Iran's Revolutionary Guard has previously warned that Tehran would order the closure if the country's oil exports were blocked.

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Charles Spencer July 16, 2012, 11:53 a.m.    

Big words from a very small country.In fact America would love dearly for them to try to close these straits...then iy would be the start of the process to free the Iranians from the evil that rules them. the west have long ago had plans for this issue.Bye BYE Iran

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