Strait of Hormuz
Strait between the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf
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The Strait of Hormuz is a strait between the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. It provides the only sea passage from the Persian Gulf to the open ocean and is one of the world's most strategically important choke points. On the north coast lies Iran, and on the south coast the United Arab Emirates and Musandam, an exclave of Oman. The strait is about 90 nautical miles (167 km) long, with a width varying from about 52 nautical miles (96 km) to 21 nautical miles (39 km).
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More countries back European-led naval mission in Hormuz: FranceA European-led naval mission in the Straits of Hormuz - a vital shipping route for world transport that has been impacted by military tensions in the Middle East - has won more political support from..
Iran won't target Strait of Hormuz over Soleimani killing: analystsIran is unlikely to block the Strait of Hormuz, the world's busiest oil-shipping channel, in reprisal for the killing of Qassem Soleimani for fear of aggravating its Gulf allies and China, regional..
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Iran could take 'provocative actions' in Middle East: top U.S. Navy officialIran could carry out "provocative actions" in the Strait of Hormuz and elsewhere in that region in the future despite a period of relative calm, acting U.S. Navy Secretary Thomas Modly said on Friday.
Netherlands to join French-led Strait of Hormuz naval mission: ANPThe Netherlands will contribute a ship to a French-led naval mission in the Strait of Hormuz for a six-month period starting in January, Dutch news agency ANP said on Monday, citing government sources.
U.S. aircraft carrier strike group sails through Strait of HormuzThe U.S. aircraft carrier strike group Abraham Lincoln sailed through the vital Strait of Hormuz on Tuesday, the U.S. Navy said, amid simmering tensions between Iran and the United States.
UK lowers security level for its ships in Strait of HormuzBritain lowered its security risk level for UK-flagged ships traveling through the Strait of Hormuz on Thursday, more than a month after one of its tankers was finally released from detention by Iran.
Japan to dispatch its own self-defense troops to Strait of Hormuz: AsahiJapan has decided to dispatch its own self-defense troops to the Strait of Hormuz area instead of joining the U.S.-coalition to protect merchant vessels passing through key Middle Eastern waterways,..
Russia's Putin, Iran's Rouhani to discuss nuclear dealRussian President Vladimir Putin plans to discuss Iran's nuclear deal and situation in the Strait of Hormuz with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at their bilateral meeting in Armenia on Tuesday,..
Saudi Arabia joins maritime protection mission: state news agencySaudi Arabia has joined an international maritime mission to protect commercial shipping in the Strait of Hormuz and other areas, Saudi state media reported on Wednesday, citing an official source in..
Britain's move to join U.S. Gulf mission frustrates European plansBritain's decision to join a U.S.-led naval mission in the Gulf has delayed European efforts to set up a maritime force to ensure safe shipping in the Strait of Hormuz separate from American patrols,..
Middle East shipping stabilized by UK navy, says Fleet CommanderBritain's decision to send warships to the Strait of Hormuz has helped to stabilize commercial shipping through the critical chokepoint weeks after Iran seized a UK-flagged tanker in the region, a top..
Denmark discusses Hormuz naval mission with European alliesDenmark's prime minister said on Friday that it is in talks with a number of European allies about an international naval mission to ensure safe shipping through the Strait of Hormuz.
U.S., France to discuss Strait of Hormuz navy coordinationDefense Secretary Mark Esper and his French counterpart will discuss on Saturday how France's navy could coordinate with Washington to ensure freedom of navigation in the Strait of Hormuz, a senior..
UK calls for broad support to tackle Gulf shipping threatsBritish Foreign Minister Dominic Raab will call for more international support to protect shipping in the Strait of Hormuz when he meets his French and German counterparts later on Friday for talks..
Iran says Australia reputation damaged by Strait of Hormuz interventionThe deputy chair of Iran's foreign relations parliamentary committee has warned Australia will damage its reputation by joining action in the Strait of Hormuz.
Australia's reputation damaged: Iranian MPThe deputy chair of Iran's foreign relations parliamentary committee has warned Australia will damage its reputation by joining action in the Strait of Hormuz.
Frontline's blast-hit oil tanker seen back in operation in fourth quarterAn oil tanker that was set ablaze by a blast near the Strait of Hormuz in June will be back in service in the fourth quarter after repairs, vessel owner Frontline said on Tuesday.
Foreign Minister Marise Payne defends Australia's Strait of Hormuz deploymentForeign Affairs Minister Marise Payne has defended the Morrison government's decision to send Australian troops to a US-led military mission in the Middle East.
Minister defends Stait of Hormuz missionForeign Affairs Minister Marise Payne has defended the Morrison government's decision to send Australian troops to a US-led military mission in the Middle East.
Stena Bulk tanker seized by Iran could be released soon: Sweden's SVT broadcasterSweden has received "very strong indications" that a British oil tanker seized last month by Iran in the Strait of Hormuz is to be released soon, Swedish public service broadcaster SVT reported on..
'Enough is enough': Australia joins US mission to protect ships in Strait of HormuzAustralia will send troops, a plane and a warship to help guard the Strait of Hormuz in the Middle East, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed.
Australia says it will join U.S.-led defense effort in Strait of HormuzAustralia will join the United States in a coalition of countries protecting oil tankers and cargo ships from threats posed by Iran in the Strait of Hormuz, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on..
Poland may join U.S.-led mission in Strait of HormuzPoland is considering supporting a U.S.-led mission to protect the Strait of Hormuz, but has not made a formal decision yet.
Merkel: European mission in Strait of Hormuz likely to be discussed in FinlandGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday she believed the idea of a European naval mission in the Strait of Hormuz would be discussed again at informal meetings of European foreign and defense..
U.S. asks South Korea to send troops to Strait of Hormuz - YonhapU.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper asked South Korea to send troops to join a U.S.-led maritime force in the Strait of Hormuz off the coast of Iran, Yonhap news agency said on Friday.
U.S. tells commercial vessels to send Gulf transit plans in advanceU.S.-flagged commercial vessels should send their transit plans for the Strait of Hormuz and Gulf waters to United States and British naval authorities, the U.S. Maritime Administration said in an..
UK joins United States for maritime security mission in GulfBritain on Monday joined the United States in a maritime security mission in the Gulf to protect merchant vessels traveling through the Strait of Hormuz after Iran seized a British-flagged vessel.
Iran says will not tolerate 'maritime offences' in GulfIran runs security in the Strait of Hormuz and will no longer tolerate "maritime offences" there, its foreign minister said on Monday, a day after it seized a second oil tanker near the strategic..
Berlin: Don't see Germany taking part in U.S. naval mission in Strait of HormuzChancellor Angela Merkel and the whole German government do not see Germany taking part in a U.S-led naval mission in the Strait of Hormuz at the moment, a government spokeswoman said on Monday.
Japan won't contribute ships to U.S. Middle East maritime force: MainichiJapan will not send warships to join a U.S.-led maritime force to guard oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz fearing a military response from Iran, but it may send patrol aircraft, said the Mainichi..
U.S. envoy urges Germany to take global role after Hormuz reluctanceThe U.S. ambassador to Germany called on Chancellor Angela Merkel's government on Thursday to take on a global responsibility to match its economic might after Berlin showed reluctance to join a naval..
Shell not taking British-flagged tankers through HormuzRoyal Dutch Shell is not taking any British-flagged tankers through the Strait of Hormuz amid heightened tensions with Iran in the vital chokepoint for oil shipments.
U.S. envoy slams Germany after reluctance on Hormuz missionThe U.S. ambassador to Germany launched a scathing attack on Chancellor Angela Merkel's government on Thursday for its reluctance to join a naval mission in the Strait of Hormuz, saying Europe's..
German Foreign Minister rules out joining U.S.-led Hormuz missionGermany will not participate in a U.S.-led naval mission in the Strait of Hormuz as it wants to ease tensions with Iran, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Wednesday.
Stoltenberg says no NATO mission requested in Strait of HormuzNATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday there had been no formal request for the military alliance to launch a mission in the Strait of Hormuz.
Germany: European naval mission in Strait of Hormuz worth consideringThe German government has not offered any contribution to a U.S. naval mission in the Strait of Hormuz but thinks it is "worth considering" a European mission and is in touch with its partners on that,..
Germany's Scholz 'very skeptical' about U.S. mission for Strait of HormuzGermany's Vice Chancellor and Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said on Wednesday he was very skeptical about a request by the United States to join a military mission for the Strait of Hormuz.
Iran's Revolutionary Guards publish purported exchange with British warship during British tanker seizureIran's elite Revolutionary Guards published footage on Monday purportedly showing the Guards warning off a British warship during their July 19 seizure of a British-flagged oil tanker near the Strait..