US Iran standoff: Assault ship 🇮🇷 Can Iran close Hormuz 2 days ago   04:51

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The United States is deploying an assault ship and a missile battery to the Persian Gulf to bolster other military vessels already in the area. The US said the move is in response to a possible threat to US forces in the region by Iran, but didn't specify the nature of that threat. Iran has dismissed the claim. The newly deployed vessels are the USS Arlington, which transports marines and conventional landing craft, as well as the Patriot air defense system. They will join the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier that's already there. Though US President Donald Trump campaigned against wars in the Middle East, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Advisor John Bolton are noted hawks. So who is making the decisions?

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🇮🇷 Can Iran close Hormuz US Iran standoff: Assault ship 2 days ago   25:16

The Strait of Hormuz is the only sea route in and out of the Gulf. Twenty percent of the world's oil is carried through it by tankers.
Now, the US decision to impose further economic sanctions on Iran has prompted threats from Tehran to close this strategic waterway.
This week, Washington will end all waivers granted to eight countries, including China and India, that import Iranian oil.
The Trump administration says it's part of its 'maximum pressure' campaign to stop Iran from destabilising the region.
But what are the consequences of shutting the Strait of Hormus, not just for Iran, but the region and global oil markets?

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