“A reminder to the Biden administration.” A CNN correspondent explains why Iran seized a cargo ship in the Strait of Hormuz

Before the Iranian strikes On Israel, Saturday, Iranian Revolutionary Guard forces seized a container ship linked to Israel Near the Strait of Hormuz, according to the official Iranian News Agency (IRNA). CNN correspondent Paula Newton noted that Iran did so as a “reminder to the Biden administration.”

“Iran is definitely trying to send a message here,” Newton said. “It happened right before this retaliation That ship was then diverted to Iranian waters. Now these pass through the Strait of Hormuz. “As everyone in the region knows, it is a critical choke point, especially when it comes to energy supply.”

Newton added: “One in five barrels of oil passes through the Strait of Hormuz every day. Iran intends to use this as a strategic asset, to remind the Biden administration that they can disrupt this vital supply route if they want to. When that happens, it means that oil prices will rise.” “.

She noted that what Iran did is “a very strong reminder to the Biden administration that they should try to convince Netanyahu not to retaliate for this matter. The reason is that the Biden administration is very vulnerable to energy price shocks right now, gas prices, given the political campaign that is going on, and they will want to see “The absolutely decisive de-escalation is already being achieved.”

She continued, saying, “This is a reminder that Iran assures everyone that we”We will continue to disrupt what we can In the global economy if things are not in our favor.”

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