Strait of Hormuz

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Hormuz, Strait of


(also Strait of Ormuz), a strait between the Arabian Peninsula and mainland Asia, connecting the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. The strait is approximately 150 km long and is 55.6 km wide at its narrowest point. The shallowest depth in the navigational channel is 71 m. The Iranian port of Bandar Abbas is on the strait.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Summary: London [UK], Aug 30 (ANI): British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab will discuss ways to preserve the Iran nuclear deal and the situation involving international shipping in the Strait of Hormuz with the leaders of European Union, the UK Foreign Office said in a statement on Friday.
On Saturday, Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani said that his country's seizure of a British-flagged oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz was totally legal "unlike Britain's piracy in the Strait of Gibraltar".
"The Islamic Republic of Iran will continue to stand vigorously against any violation of regulations that would threaten the security of shipping in the Persian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz, and Sea of Oman," Rouhani said.
July 17: US officials said they suspected Iran had seized a Panamanianflagged oil tanker from the United Arab Emirates as it travelled through the Strait of Hormuz. The tanker had turned off its tracker three days before as it entered Iranian waters.
She thanked the Royal Navy for upholding international law and supporting freedom of navigation through the Strait of Hormuz. A U.S.
But, in contrast, Kuwait, Bahrain and Iraq lack any alternative oil export routes and would, therefore, be most exposed to disrupted traffic through the Strait of Hormuz, as would Qatar, which ships all of its liquefied natural gas via the Strait.
Further, Iran has threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz. Strait of Hormuz has multiple times experienced a similar kind of heightened tensions in the past.
The Strait of Hormuz is one of the busiest shipping routes in the world, through which 40 per cent of traded global oil passes daily.
warships are obliged to respond to the IRGC on the passage of the Strait of Hormuz ...
Alireza Tangsiri, the head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards' navy, stated that Iran now controls the Strait of Hormuz and the entire Persian Gulf.
The Strait of Hormuz handles 40 per cent of the world's seaborne oil.