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Guaranteeing navigation freedom in Hormuz essential: UAE FM

01-11-2012 14:03 BJT

ABU DHABI, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- Guaranteeing the freedom of navigation in the Hormuz Strait is essential to international energy safety, said Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdallah Bin Zayed al-Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Tuesday.

Blocking international sea routes, especially the Hormuz Strait, favors no country, including Iran, the minister said at a joint press conference with visiting Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba.

Gemba, for his part, said Iran should not threaten transportation safety of Hormuz, adding that Japan is deeply concerned about the recent development regarding the situation in Iran.

He also said that while Japan is taking further measures, including sanctions, Tokyo believes the problem should be solved through diplomatic and peaceful means.

Iran recently held military exercises off its southern coast, and repeatedly threatened to block the Hormuz Strait, which is considered a strategic passageway of global oil transportation.

Meanwhile, Iran confirmed on Monday that it had begun uranium enrichment at the Fordo nuclear facility to produce up to 20 percent enriched uranium. Iran said the decision was necessary to produce fuel for the Tehran Research Reactor.

With the Iranian nuclear issue escalating, the United States and its European allies are mulling the expansion of sanctions against Iran's oil exports.


Editor:Bai Yang |Source: Xinhua

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