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Blocking the Strait of Hormuz

Iran is threatening to block the Strait of Hormuz in response to new Western sanctions, thus making it difficult for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries to accommodate security requirements based on their alliance with the West and exportation of oil based on coexistence with Iran.

Al Jazeera Centre for Studies

Wednesday, 8 February 2012 12:08 GMT

"When two elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers." This African proverb eloquently expresses the current situation that GCC countries have come to face with the ongoing crisis between Iran and Western countries, particularly the United States.

Tension in the Arabian Gulf was aggravated by the new stage the Iranian nuclear program has entered, for during the last few weeks opposing threats between Iran and the international community ensued. Although the threats are not new, this time they are accompanied by significant developments.

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