DUBAI: Iran's National Security and Foreign Policy Committee has drafted a bill, calling for Tehran to try to stop oil tankers from shipping crude through the Strait of Hormuz to countries that support sanctions against it.
Panel member and MP Ibrahim Agha-Mohammadi said 100 of 290 MPs had signed the bill. However, no details were given on how Iran will verify the destination of every ship passing out of the Gulf under the watchful eye of the US Navy.
Iranian threats to block the waterway through which about 17 million barrels a day sailed last year have grown as US and European sanctions to starve Tehran of funds for its nuclear programme have tightened.
Turkey's Foreign Ministry, meanwhile, said world powers and Iran will hold follow-up talks in Istanbul today over Tehran's nuclear programme.
It said the meeting is "essentially technical". It was scheduled during talks in Moscow last month. That meeting between Iran and the P5+1 group - UN Security Council members Britain, China, France, Russia and the US, plus Germany - failed to make progress.