Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Picture: REUTERS
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Picture: REUTERS

London — A senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander said on Wednesday that the Guards were ready to implement a policy preventing regional oil exports if Iranian oil sales were banned by the US.

On Tuesday, President Hassan Rouhani appeared to threaten to disrupt oil shipments from neighbouring countries if the US pressed ahead with its goal of forcing all countries to stop buying Iranian oil.

Praising Rouhani’s remarks, Maj-Gen Qassem Soleimani said he was ready to implement such a policy if needed.

"I kiss your [Rouhani’s] hand for expressing such wise and timely comments, and I am at your service to implement any policy that serves the Islamic Republic," Soleimani, commander of foreign operations for the elite Revolutionary Guards, said in a letter published by state news agency Irna.

Rouhani did not elaborate on his threat but in the past, Iranian officials have threatened to block the Strait of Hormuz, a major oil shipping route, in retaliation for any hostile US action against Iran.