Iran orders ‘foreign powers’ to leave the Strait of Hormuz

Iran has instructed “foreign powers” to leave its surrounding areas and warned that the rapidly-escalating tensions between Tehran and the West are “a dangerous game.”

“Foreign powers ought to leave the area as a result of Iran and different regional nations are succesful of securing the regional safety,” Iranian overseas ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi instructed the state-run IRNA information company on Friday, according to Reuters.

It will not be clear what “the region” entails particularly, or who the “other regional countries” are.

Tensions in the Strait of Hormuz, a slim waterway to Iran’s south, have dramatically escalated in latest weeks.

Some 21 million barrels of oil exports circulate by means of the strait day by day, according to the US Energy Information Administration. That’s about one-third of the world’s sea-traded oil, or $1.197 billion price of oil a day, at current oil prices.

The passage has each internationally- and Iranian-controlled waters.

Iran has threatened to disrupt maritime site visitors in the strait a number of occasions in the previous, as doing so might lower the world’s oil provide and ship costs capturing up.