Iran threatens to close Strait of Hormuz

January 13th, 2012

The Obama administration has issued a warning to Iran that closing the Strait of Hormuz would result in military action. International relations professor Michael Corgan is a specialist in international security and has extensive government service in political and military planning, especially NATO. He offers the following comment:

“During the 1980 Iran-Iraq war, Iraq used free-floating mines, in violation of various international conventions, to make the Persian Gulf a more dangerous waterway to transit. Iran probably has something like that in mind rather than direct ship-to-ship confrontations.

“Yes, they could close the Strait of Hormuz for a couple of weeks, panicking oil producers, but it is unlikely Iran could impose a prolonged shutdown.

“Missile-firing patrol boats need air superiority or at least air cover to operate most effectively. It is not apparent that Iran can provide that.”

Contact Corgan at 617-353-3553; mcorgan@bu.edu

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