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By James DiGeorgia
In a show of defiance and at the same time unity with the Shiite Iraqi regime Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif with Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohamed Ali Alhakim, in Baghdad, Iraq at his side threatened to shut down one-fifth of the world’s oil supplies by shutting down the Strait of Hormuz.
“The United States must be prepared for the consequences if it tries to stop Iran from selling oil and using the Strait of Hormuz. If the United States takes the crazy measure of trying to prevent us from doing that, then it should be prepared for the consequences."
Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at the same time offered to negotiate prisoner swaps with Washington as a peace branch. Suggesting a willingness to swap British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who has been detained in Iran since 2016, for an Iranian woman detained in Australia for the past three years on a U.S. extradition request…
"I feel sorry for them, and I have done my best to help," Zarif said of Zaghari-Ratcliffe. "But nobody talks about this lady in Australia who gave birth to a child in prison. ... I put this offering on the table publicly now - exchange them."
Zarif after pointing out Iran had approached Washington on the prisoner exchange six months ago, and the turned back to the Strait of Hormuz went on to say…
"We believe that Iran will continue to sell its oil. We will continue to find buyers for our oil, and we will continue to use the Strait of Hormuz as a safe transit passage for the sale of our oil."
Zarif also suggested that if the United States and Iran cooperated it could bring stability to Iraq and Afghanistan, something both Tehran and Washington consider a high priority.