Parliament Invites Top Security, Military Officials to Discuss Shutting Strait of Hormuz

Monday, July 9, 2012
By Paul Martin

TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Iranian legislator announced on Sunday that the parliament plans to invite Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Saeed Jalili as well as a number of foreign ministry and military officials to confer on a draft bill on closing the Strait of Hormuz to those tankers shipping crude to the countries that support sanctions against Iran.

“In order to study the bill on the blockading of the Strait of Hormuz better and more precisely, the SNSC secretary and a number of officials from the foreign ministry and the General Staff of the Armed Forces will be invited to the parliament and their views and proposals will be used,” Seyed Mehdi Moussavinejad, one of the lawmakers who has signed the draft bill told FNA on Sunday.

“The parliament should take an all-around and insightful decision on the Strait of Hormuz and defend the rights of the Iranian nation without any reservations,” he added.

Moussavinejad also announced that the draft bill of the parliament which requires the government to close the Strait of Hormuz to those tankers shipping oil to the supporters of sanctions against Iran will be submitted to the parliament’s Presiding Board late July to be put on parliament’s agenda with double-urgency to go under further discussions by all lawmakers.

Earlier this week, Iranian lawmakers warned once again that the country would shut the strategic Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf if sanctions against the Islamic Republic increase.

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