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Decision on Strait of Hormuz lies with Iran’s top leader

- Associated Press - Sunday, July 15, 2012

TEHRAN (AP) — The chairman of Iran's Joint Chiefs of Staff says the decision over whether Tehran would block the strategic Strait of Hormuz, the passageway through which a fifth of the world's oil flows, rests in the hands of the country's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Gen. Hasan Firouzabadi says Iran has a contingency plan to close the key route, but Ayatollah Khamenei, as commander in chief of the armed forces, would have to make the final decision.

Gen. Firouzabadi's comments came two weeks after the European Union enforced a total oil embargo against Iran for its refusal to halt its uranium enrichment program. His comments were reported by the semiofficial Fars news agency Sunday.

Iran's Revolutionary Guard previously has warned that Tehran would order the closure if the country's oil exports were blocked.

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