The U.S. aircraft carrier Stennis has withdrawn to the Sea of Oman after the U.S. said it will not allow Iran to disrupt oil shipping in the Persian Gulf.
Iran has again told the U.S. to stay out of the Persian Gulf and said it will not repeat itself. Iran still threatens to shut down the Strait of Hormuz where almost 40 percent of the world’s oil supply passes through if the country is not allowed to pursue its nuclear program.
“Iran will not repeat its warning … the enemy’s carrier has been moved to the Sea of Oman because of our drill. I recommend and emphasize to the American carrier not to return to the Persian Gulf,” Salehi told IRNA.
“I advise, recommend and warn them (the Americans) over the return of this carrier to the Persian Gulf because we are not in the habit of warning more than once,” the semi-official Fars news agency quoted Salehi as saying.
Never mind the fact that shutting down the Strait of Hormuz would in turn shut down Iran’s oil export economy, the U.S. Fifth Fleet, which is based in Bahrain, said it would not allow shipping to be disrupted in the strait.