December 28th, 2011
10:50 AM ET

U.S. Navy won't tolerate Strait of Hormuz disruption

The U.S. Navy said Iran's threat to block the strategically and economically important Strait of Hormuz is unacceptable.

"The free flow of goods and services through the Strait of Hormuz is vital to regional and global prosperity," Navy 5th Fleet in Bahrain spokeswoman Cmdr. Amy Derrick Frost told reporters on Wednesday.

"Anyone who threatens to disrupt freedom of navigation in an international strait is clearly outside the community of nations; any disruption will not be tolerated."

The 34-mile narrow shipping channel leads in and out of the Persian Gulf between Iran and Oman. It is strategically important because tankers carrying oil travel through it.

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  1. johndz

    Why is it always the US to go running to a potential issue overseas? Isn't there other countries willing to step up.... appears not! The UN should be the first to be involved not the US.

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