June 4, 2012
According to the Israeli intelligence apparatus DEBKAfile, the Obama administration is considering an embargo on aircraft and sea vessels visiting Iranian ports.
From a DEBKAfile exclusive report issued on June 4, 2012:
Any national airline or international aircraft touching down in Iran will be barred from US and West European airports. The same rule will apply to private and government-owned vessels, including oil tankers. Calling in at an Iranian port will automatically exclude them from entry to a US or European harbor.
In addition, Obama reportedly promised Israeli prime minister Netanyahu that he would personally deal with India and Indonesia, two countries that have violated current anti-Iran sanctions and who have, according to DEBKAfile, made their financial networks available for helping Iran evade restrictions on its international business activities.
The new round of punitive sanctions were sent to Iran through diplomatic and intelligence back channels as a way to put pressure on Ayatollah Ali Khamenei prior talks in Moscow on Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons program. The U.S. and Israel are now demanding that Iran put a halt to its uranium enrichment program and allow United Nations inspectors full access to its nuclear facilities. The talks are scheduled for June 16.
“We look forward to what the Iranians actually bring to the table in Moscow. We want to see a diplomatic resolution. We now have an opportunity to achieve it, and we hope it is an opportunity that’s not lost, for everyone’s sake,” Secretary of State Clinton said, according to DEBKAfile.
In December, Ron Paul characterized sanctions imposed on Iran as an act of war. He said Iran would be justified in closing down the Strait of Hormuz in response.
“If the Straits of Hormuz close, this whole financial thing could come down on our head. What would happen if oil doubled in price within a month or two?” Paul asked voters in Atlantic, Iowa, during a campaign stop.