A secret plan is in the works by the head of Iran?s Revolutionary Guards designed to reduce the sanctions against Iran by the world community.
A weekend report by the German magazine Der Speigel quotes Western
intelligence sources as saying that one of the options that Iran is considering is manufacturing an artificial environmental crisis in the Straits of Hormuz.
The ?crisis? would block international oil tankers from passing through the strategic waters, thus ?punishing? countries that have participated in the sanctions.
About 20% of the world’s petroleum, and close to 35% of the petroleum traded by sea, passes through the strait. [
According to the plan, called ? Murkey Waters,? Iran would use an oil tanker to contaminate the strait. Besides taking revenge on the international community, Iran reasons that the West would be forced to cooperate with them to clean up the ?disaster.? Moreover, the West — having seen the consequences of the straits being closed — would lessen its sanctions against Iran to prevent such a ?disaster? in the future.
The plan is the brainchild of IRGC headAircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln in the Straits of Hormuz ( (Photo: U.S. Navy Imagery) Mohammad Ali Jafari and Iranian Navy commander Admiral Ali Fadawi. Jafari has said in the past that, if threatened, the regime would close the stait. America has vowed that that will not happen.
The plan is currently under consideration by Iran?s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who ultimately will decide if Iran will follow through with the plan, according to the magazine said.
The Strait of Hormuz is a narrow body of water between the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf. It is the only passageway from the Persian Gulf to the open sea and is one of the world?s most strategically important choke points. Iran is situated on the north coast of the strait, with the United Arab Emirates and Musandam (an enclave of Oman) on the south coast. At its narrowest, the strait is 21 nautical miles (39 km) wide.