KUWAIT CITY (AP) -- The commander of NATO's naval forces says Iranian threats to close a strategic Persian Gulf waterway are imaginary.
Vice Admiral Maurizio Gemignani of the Italian Navy is visiting the oil-rich Gulf state of Kuwait.
He said Tuesday that he considers the threats Iran has made to close the Strait of Hormuz a "fantasy" and the international passages cannot be blocked.
Iran has warned that it would close the strait if the United States attacks it over Tehran's disputed nuclear program.
About 40 percent of the world's oil passes through the strait.
Three NATO ships arrived in Kuwait on Tuesday to promote military cooperation.
(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to email@example.com. Please provide detailed information.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.