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Iran Says U.S. Unable to Stop Iran from Shutting Strait of Hormuz: Commander
Tehran, January 19 (KCNA) -- Deputy Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff of Iran's Armed Forces Massoud Jazayeri said Monday the United States cannot hinder Iran's efforts to shut down the strategic Strait of Hormuz if Tehran deems it necessary.

The principal objective of Iran in the region is to defuse tensions, Jazayeri said, adding that however, should the country's national interests come under threat, Iran's armed forces will utilize their defensive capabilities to defend the country's sovereignty.

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