July 5, 2018 / 1:45 PM / 15 days ago

Reacting to Iranian threat, U.S. Navy says will protect free flow of commerce

LONDON, July 5 (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy stands ready to ensure freedom of navigation and free flow of commerce, a spokesman for the U.S. military’s Central Command said on Thursday, after Iran threatened to block oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz if Washington bans its oil sales.

“The U.S. and its partners provide and promote security and stability in the region. Together, we stand ready to ensure the freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce wherever international law allows,” Central Command spokesman Navy Captain Bill Urban said in an email to Reuters. (Reporting by Bozorgmehr Sharafedin Editing by Alison Williams)

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