Iranian leaders this week stepped up the subtle and not-so subtle threats to tankers transiting the Strait of Hormuz.

“World powers know that if oil is completely sanctioned and Iran’s oil exports are brought down to zero, international waterways won’t have the same security as before,” Iran’s President Hassan Rohani said at a 21 August meeting with Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, according to Khamenei’s official website. (CONTINUED - 389 WORDS)