US Fifth Fleet says won't allow disruption in Hormuz

Louise Ireland
Reuters28 December 2011

DUBAI, Dec 28 (Reuters) - The U.S. Fifth Fleet said on

Wednesday it will not allow any disruption of traffic in the

Strait of Hormuz, after Iran threatened to stop ships moving

through the strategic oil route.

"The free flow of goods and services through the Strait of

Hormuz is vital to regional and global prosperity," a

spokesperson for the Bahrain-based fleet said in a written

response to queries from Reuters about the possibility of Iran

trying to close the waterway.

"Anyone who threatens to disrupt freedom of navigation in an

international strait is clearly outside the community of

nations; any disruption will not be tolerated."

(Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk and Andrew Hammond; Writing by

Joseph Logan; Editing by Louise Ireland)