Posted by Abdul Alim
– Iran’s foreign minister warned Arab neighbors on Thursday not to put
themselves in a “dangerous position” by aligning themselves too closely
with the United States in the escalating dispute over Tehran’s nuclear
Iran has threatened to
close the Strait of Hormuz, used for a third of the world’s seaborne oil
trade, if pending Western moves to ban Iranian crude exports cripple
its lifeblood energy sector, fanning fears of a descent into wider
Middle East war.
Tehran, which denies suspicions it is seeking nuclear weapons, was
riled earlier this week when Saudi Arabia asserted
it could swiftly raise oil output for key customers if needed, a
scenario that could transpire if Iranian exports were embargoed.
“We want peace and tranquility in the region. But some of the
countries in our region, they want to direct other countries 12,000
miles away from this region,” Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi
said in English during a visit to Turkey.