New pipeline could make Iran king of global trade
Iran will soon be able to export its own oil even by blocking the Strait of Hormuz. The Iranian National Oil Co. announced on May 19 that it had started pumping oil through the Goreh-Jask pipeline. The pipeline has been planned since at least 2012. It is 684 miles long, stretching from western Iran to the port of Jask in the Gulf of Oman, and has the capacity to carry a million barrels of oil per day. It has the potential to increase Iran’s oil exports by about 50 percent.
“It is a strategic project in terms of safety, economy and energy”, declared Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in a televised conference. âCustomers who buy oil from us want to be sure that they can take our oil under all conditions.â
Iran currently exports the large majority of its oil from the port of Kharg Island, in the western interior of the Persian Gulf. Jask sits on the Gulf of Oman, which means that Iran could practically export its oil directly to the Indian Ocean. He wouldn’t have to go through the Strait of Hormuz, the narrow waterway that connects the Gulf of Oman to the Persian Gulf.
Rohani mentioned it during his conference: âOn a rainy day, it would be us who would be in difficulty. [if the strait were to be closed]. We have overcome this problem. “
Last year, approximately 18 million barrels of oil crossed the Strait of Hormuz every day. By comparing, 3 million barrels per day crossed the Suez Canal. United States Department of Energy describes the Strait of Hormuz as âthe world’s most important oil transit choke pointâ. It is also one of the most vulnerable. At its narrowest point, it is only 21 miles wide. On one side of this 21 mile stretch is the Sultanate of Oman, one of the more moderate Arab states. On the other side, there is Iran.
Other major oil-producing countries– Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Iraq – export their oil through the Strait of Hormuz. Five of 10 the largest oil-exporting countries are in the Persian Gulf. The US Navy also depends on it to access its various naval bases in the Persian Gulf. It is one of the most critical choke points in the world.
This is what makes the Goreh-Jask pipeline so worrying.
Other Gulf exporting countries, such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, have pipelines leading to ports outside the Strait of Hormuz. If the strait were to close, as Rouhani mentioned, Iran would have suffered the most. But this is no longer the case.
Is closing the strait even an option?
Think about everything that has happened in and around the Strait since the start of this year. In January, Iran seized a South Korean oil tanker, ask for an answer of the South Korean Navy. In February, an Israeli ship in the Gulf of Oman was attacked, probably by Iran. On May 10, the US Navy fired 30 warning shots to 13 Iranian ships buzzing them in the strait.
Iran’s destabilizing foreign policy is not limited to the Strait of Hormuz and the Gulf of Oman. Iran is the “king” of the Islamic revolution throughout the Middle East. Iran is The main sponsor of Hamas for weapons and weapons technology in Gaza; the rockets fired in the recent Gaza-Israel conflict were designed in Iran. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on May 20: âIf Iranian support is withdrawn, [Hamas] will collapse in two weeks. “
Iran is also sponsoring the Houthi rebels in Yemen. This Arab state on the shores of the Red Sea is currently in a civil war between the Islamist Houthis and the internationally recognized government. Despite Saudi Arabia and the UAE intervening on behalf of the government, the Houthis are winning. Part of Yemeni territory includes the Strait of Bab-el Mandeb, the southern entrance to the Red Sea.
Rohani suggests that Iran is too pragmatic harm themselves by closing the Strait of Hormuz. But Iranian foreign policy is by nature unpredictable and unsettling. Tehran is not on good terms with the West. The Iranian government is renowned for its daring and aggressive escapades that anger its enemies. If Iran really wanted to hurt the West, it could close the Strait of Hormuz to oil traffic. Now that he has a pipeline around the strait, he could do so without hurting his own economy so much.
And if the Houthis get full control of Yemen, you could add control of Bab-el Mandeb to the equation as well. If you close the Red Sea to trade, you cut off the fastest route from the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean.
The Goreh-Jask pipeline could be the last piece to make Iran the king of world trade. Not because Iran has its own powerful economy, but because it controls all trade routes. And whoever wanted to use them would be at the mercy of Tehran.
The Bible prophesies that Iran will gain such control over world trade.
A prophecy in the book of Daniel says, âAnd at the time of the end the king of the south will push him; and the king of the north will come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and horsemen, and many ships; and it will enter into the countries, and will overflow and pass through. â¦ He will also stretch out his hand over the countries, and the land of Egypt will not escape. But he will have authority over the treasures of gold and silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt, and the Libyans and the Ethiopians will be at his footsteps â(verses 40, 42-43).
Who are these mysterious kings of the south and the north?
The previous verses of Daniel 11, compared to secular history, reveal who the king of the north is. In History and prophecy of the Middle East, Look at Jerusalem Stephen Flurry proves that the king of the north mentioned from Daniel 11:40 speaks of a revival of the Roman Empire developing in Europe at this time, the âtime of the endâ.
Who is the king of the south?
From Daniel 11, we know that it is a major power located in the south of Europe; he has an insistent and provocative foreign policy. References to Egypt, Libya and Ethiopia show that she has influence across the Middle East and Africa.
Look at Jerusalem Editor-in-Chief Gerald Flurry identifies King of the South as radical Islamist power bloc in free booklet The king of the south. More specifically, he designates Iran as the leader of it.
What nation could be better called the “king” of radical Islam? Iran already has an empire of mandatory states and sponsored terrorist groups across the region. Its tentacles extend everywhere from Gaza to Yemen to Lebanon, passing through Syria, Iraq and Somalia. And Tehran is always thirsty to add more countries to its conquests.
But what does this have to do with Iran’s control of world trade?
The key is the references to Egypt, Libya and Ethiopia. Mr. Flurry writes in The king of the south:
Why would Iran be so interested in gaining some control over Libya and Ethiopia? For me, the answer is intriguing.
All you have to do is get a good map of the Middle East, with an emphasis on the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea. Then you can see why the king of the south, or radical Islam, is so interested in an alliance or control over these two countries (as well as Egypt and Tunisia). They are on the two seas which constitute the most important trade route in the world! …
This could give Iran virtual control of trade across these seas. Radical Islam could stop the flow of essential oil to the United States and Europe!
The very idea of ââa radical Islamist power controlling the world’s most important trade route means it’s not just a local issue. It is something that could affect the whole world in the greatest possible way. Add in the power to close the Strait of Hormuz, and this threat is greatly magnified.
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