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Iranian submarine in Strait of Hormuz 311.(Photo by: REUTERS/Stringer Iran)
'US strengthening defenses around Hormuz'
By JPOST.COM STAFF
02/25/2012
Congress notified of plans to beef up sea, land bases in Persian Gulf to stop Iran closing strait, 'WSJ' reports.
In an attempt to counter any attempt by Iran to close the Strait of Hormuz, the Pentagon is strengthening US defenses in the Persian Gulf, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal on Saturday.

According to defense officials, the US military has notified Congress of plans to beef up sea and land bases in the area, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The official said that plans will include new equipment to detect and clear mines as well as improved surveillance capabilities in and around the strait, according to the report.

Iran has made a series of threats in recent weeks to disrupt shipping in the Gulf or strike US forces in retaliation if its oil trade is shut down by sanctions, or if its disputed nuclear program comes under attack.

Iran has built up its naval forces in the Gulf and prepared boats that could be used in suicide attacks, but the
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