NATO chief concerned over Iran’s threat
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has expressed his concern over Iran’s threat to close a key sea lane for oil shipments. The move would be to counter the recently approved EU sanctions against the country.
Iran is reacting sharply to the oil embargo and other sanctions the European Union agreed to on Monday. The country is threatening to close the Strait of Hormuz.
Rasmussen held a news conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Thursday. He said some comments from the Iranian leadership are a matter of concern.
Rasmussen urged Iran to live up to its international commitments, including stopping its uranium enrichment program. He called on Iran to ensure free navigation in the Strait of Hormuz.
Rasmussen also referred to reductions countries are making in their defense budgets amid the worsening European economy. He noted that a NATO summit meeting scheduled for May in Chicago, the United States, will focus on effective ways of ensuring security.