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Iran to retaliate if US aircraft-carrier is back to Gulf

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Iran will resort to retaliatory measures if the US aircraft-carrier that’s recently left the area of Iran’s war games is back to the Persian Gulf. This came in a statement by General Ataollah Salehi.

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The Iranian Navy, which was holding a military exercise off the country’s southern coast, spotted a US aircraft-carrier a short distance away last Thursday.

The situation in the region became aggravated following statements by the Iranian authorities concerning a likely sealing of the Strait of Hormuz if the West imposes an embargo on Iranian oil exports.

But then the Iranian Foreign Ministry said that Tehran would not put obstacles to navigation in the Strait of Hormuz, which is used for oil exports from the Gulf nations.

EU may slap oil sanctions on Iran before end of January

The European Union may impose a ban on oil imports from Iran before the end of January, a high-ranking EU diplomat announced in London on Tuesday.

The French-proposed oil embargo will be discussed by the EU foreign ministers first.

If approved unanimously, the issue will go before the EU leaders when they meet in Brussels on January 30.

Earlier, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said that France would push for tougher sanctions against Iran. In addition to the oil ban, it suggests freezing the European assets of the Iranian Central Bank.

(RIAN, TASS),VOR.

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