Every regular Tundra Tabloids reader knows this is what I’ve been basically saying for years…
The only difference between Trump’s call and my perspective is that he is not calling for the deployment of US warships (in international waters) to patrol outside foreign ports where the Iranians send their oil for refining into gasoline. That, more than any measures tried or yet to be announced, will bring the Iranian economy to its knees.
US to other countries: Don’t allow Iranian oil tankers
State Department says allowing Iranian oil tankers into territorial waters or ports could be against newly imposed sanctions.
The United States on Wednesday warned other countries not to allow Iranian oil tankers into their territorial waters or ports, saying such access may run afoul of recently reimposed US sanctions on the Islamic Republic.
The State Department reminded the global shipping and insurance industries that as part of the Trump administration’s “maximum pressure campaign” to get Iran to change its behavior, insuring Iranian tankers will now incur penalties under US sanctions reinstated this week, reported The Associated Press.
Brian Hook, the special US representative for Iran, said that as major insurers withdraw coverage from Iranian vessels, Iran will likely turn to domestic insurance companies that will not be able to cover losses for maritime accidents that could run into the billions of dollars.
“From the Suez Canal to the Strait of Malacca and all choke points in between, Iranian tankers are now a floating liability,” Hook told reporters, according to AP. “Countries, ports and canal operators and private firms should know they will be likely responsible for the costs of an accident involving a self-insured Iranian tanker.”