Iran in Favor of Blocking the Strait, US Quietly Blocking Iranian Funds to Syria
Iranian lawmakers voted in favor of a bill that would close the Strait of Hormuz, 150 out of 290 parliament members. This move came as tougher sanctions were placed on Iran limiting their oil transaction capabilities with other countries. However, even though this bill was favored in Iran’s parliament does not mean it will become implemented.
Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei has direct power over military operations, but with more than half of parliament’s approval it shows favor in closing the Strait. Not only is the bill retaliation for being penalized by Western nations, but also retaliation for an increase of military vessels throughout the Persian Gulf; aimed at the Strait.
United States naval ships have been filling the Gulf as well as deploying underwater drones that are used for tracking and destroying Iranian mines. This has mounted stress on Iran and continues to put military leaders in between a rock and a hard place. Although, Iranian leaders have insisted their military force is capable of defending the Strait.
Besides the burden of forces on Iran’s border, according to the Wall Street Journal, US government officials have been quietly working to stop an Iranian shipment of weapons and supplies to government forces in Syria. The effort is to use Iraq and push the government to close airspace for Iran, which is in between Iran and Syria. Not only are United States officials applying pressure to airspace but also to water. The Journal reported that DC has held ships from continuing through the Suez Canal; traveling to fund Syria’s government.