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USS Eisenhower patrols Strait of Hormuz: Tehran has threatened blockade over sanctions

The USS Eisenhower is currently patrolling the strategically crucial Strait of Hormuz in a show of naval strength to discourage Tehran from making good on its repeated threats to close the Strait in response to US-led sanctions against the Islamic Republic. Iran is thought to be increasingly feeling the pinch from far-reaching sanctions on its oil exports, with the Iranian currency plummeting to record lows and protesters taking to the streets of Tehran to demand an easing of the economic burden. As the sanctions stand-off over Iran's atomic energy programme has escalated, US officials have repeatedly stated that they will keep the Strait of Hormuz open to oil tanker traffic, by force if necessary.
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