Iran lawmaker: Support to close Strait of Hormuz
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- A lawmaker says about half of the 290 members of Iran's parliament are backing a bill favoring the closing of the strategic Strait of Hormuz, passageway for a fifth of the world's oil.
Lawmaker Javad Karimi Qodoosi proposed the legislation. He says the strait is the world's lock, and the key is in Iran's hands. His comments were reported by the semi-official ISNA news agency Friday.
Iranian officials say the final decision is in the hands of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Iran's foreign minister indicated recently that such a move was unlikely.
Iranian leaders have warned that Tehran would order the closure if the country's oil exports are blocked. On July 1, The European Union banned purchase of Iranian oil, part of Western sanctions over Iran's nuclear program.
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