US threatens Iran over Strait

The US made an overt threat to take military action if Iran carries through with its threat to blockade the Strait of Hormuz, a major thoroughfare for transport of global oil supplies. Defence secretary Leon Panetta said: “We made very clear that the United States will not tolerate the blocking of the Strait of Hormuz... That’s another red line for us and that we will respond to them.” He added that even if Tehran manages to close it, “we would take action and reopen the Strait”