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        12/12/2011, Kislev 16, 5772

      Iran MP: Military Drill to Close Straits of Hormuz

      A member of the Iranian Parliament said Monday that the country's army would soon conduct a military drill that would include the closing of the Hormuz Straits, the waterway through which at least a third of the world's oil must pass in order to get to markets in the West. The parliament member, Parviz Sarvari, told an Iranian media outlet that “soon we will hold a military maneuver on how to close the Strait of Hormuz. If the world wants to make the region insecure, we will make the world insecure.”

      An army spokesperson said that the military had no comment on the statement. The U.S. has long warned that closing the Straits would be considered an act of war.