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Strait of Hormuz Will Stay Open, U.S. NATO Ambassador Says

U.S. Ambassador to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Ivo Daalder said international navies will keep the Strait of Hormuz open in the face of Iranian threats to close the shipping channel.

European Union foreign ministers agreed today to ban oil imports from Iran starting July 1 as part of measures to ratchet up the pressure on the nation’s nuclear program. Iran has threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz, the Persian Gulf passageway for about 20 percent of globally traded oil, if the EU and the U.S. expand sanctions.