Despite sharing a boarder, the UAE escaped relatively lightly and Gupta says it is the narrow Straight of Hormuz
that is to thank for the near miss.
Hence, Tehran insists on reinforcing its regime and its positions near and far with a number of realistic elements (shutting down the Straight of Hormuz
and threatening the routes of oil supply, Hezbollah in Lebanon, etc.) as well as hypothetical ones (nuclear weapons).
Barnes WASHINGTON--A group of small Iranian boats charged and threatened three US warships just outside the Persian Gulf, military officials said Monday, elevating tensions and illustrating how easily a military confrontation could develop between US and Iranian forces.The five Iranian boats approached the warships Sunday as they passed through the Straight of Hormuz
on their way into the [Arabian] Gulf.
The drills, known as (http://www.ibtimes.com/iran-preparing-war-tehran-launches-naval-drills-amid-escalating-tensions-us-2497807) Velayat 95 , spanned an estimated 770,000 square miles across the Straight of Hormuz
, the Sea of Oman and the northern stretch of the Indian Ocean.
Since there is no ongoing dialogue between the US and Iran, the threat to close the Straight of Hormuz
should be seen as an act of subtle diplomacy in the absence of ambassadors and embassies.