The US military has reiterated its pledge to protect oil tankers sailing through the Strait of Hormuz after Iran’s president suggested shipments from the region could be disrupted in response to sanctions. Receive daily email alerts, subscriber notes & personalize your experience. Register Now Crude futures had pushed higher after Rouhani hinted that neighbouring crude exports could be blocked if Tehran was frozen out of the market by embargoes due to come into force in November. In response to questions from S&P Global Platts about Rouhani’s comments, Captain Bill Urban, spokesman for US Central Command, said on Wednesday that “freedom of navigation” in the region would be upheld. “US Central Command partners with many nations to provide and promote security and stability in the region,” Urban said. “Together, we stand ready to ensure the freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce wherever international law allows.” […]