September 26, 2018 / 6:44 PM / 8 months ago

U.S.' Mattis says not seen signs Iran intends to block Strait of Hormuz

FILE PHOTO - U.S. Secretary of Defence James Mattis addresses a press conference at the Ministry of Defence in Olso, Norway, July 14, 2018. Jim Watson/Pool via REUTERS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Wednesday that he had not seen indications that Iran is intending to block the Strait of Hormuz.

Asked by reporters whether he had seen any sings that Iran was intending to block the Strait of Hormuz or seen any movement of ships or missiles, Mattis said: “No.”

Iran has said if it cannot sell its oil due to U.S. pressure, then no other regional country will be allowed to do so either, threatening to block the Strait of Hormuz, a strategic artery linking Gulf crude producers to the world.

Reporting by Idrees Ali; editing by Jonathan Oatis

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