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September 14, 2004
Clip No.
267

Iranian Political Analyst Proposes Sinking a Ship in the Straits of Hormuz

The following are excerpts from an interview with Iranian political analyst Abo al-Fazl Zohreh-Vand:

Abu Al-Fazl: Iran is in a position where a nuclear attack against it is impossible. If it were to be attacked, the whole international atmosphere would be distorted. Everyone always talks about the oil in the Caucasus and central Asia. These are negligible quantities. Today, more than 70% of the oil comes from the Persian Gulf.

If something happens to the Hormuz Straits – if only one ship were to sink there – the oil [supply] would stop and then you'd see what happen's to the world economy. Why should a bomb fall? Suppose some ship falls… Suppose some tanker sinks in the Hormuz Straits… As you know, there are two narrow waterways in the Hormuz Straits. One lane is used coming and the other is used going. Outside these corridors no ship can move. The water's depth permits passage only through these two lanes. If some tanker were to sink in one of these lanes, it will be impossible to export oil.