“Iran has become accustomed to embargoes imposed against him during the last twelve years. Obviously, we do not welcome sanctions and urge the West to think carefully before adopting such measures,” said Chief of Iranian diplomacy on the Turkish channel NTV.
On 23 January, the Foreign Ministers of the EU met in Brussels to decide on an embargo on Iranian oil exports against the backdrop of heightened tensions around the nuclear program led by Tehran.
Faced with the penalties incurred by the West, Iran has threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz, the nerve center of shipping oil from the Gulf. The U.S. Navy has in turn promised to do everything possible to prevent the closure of the Strait.
“We need neither the Americans nor the British to ensure security in the Persian Gulf region. I call on the countries of the region not to expose themselves to danger,” said the Iranian minister without specifying what it meant.