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Expert: 'War is not solution to Iranian nuclear crisis’

By Chen Lidan and Yao Chun (People's Daily Online)

10:38, April 13, 2012

Photo caption: Dr. Sami Alfaraj is answering questions from People’s Daily Online reporters in Beijing. (People’s Daily Online/Yao Chun)

Editor’s note: This is an interview between People’s Daily Online (PD Online) and Dr. Sami Alfaraj (Alfaraj), who heads the Kuwait Center for Security Studies and advises Gulf Arab states on security, discussing issues about regional peace and oil security.

PD Online: The international oil prices have kept climbing since the end of 2011, what is the driving force behind?

Alfaraj: It’s been hit by military threat to close the Strait of the Hormuz. Iranian position makes statement which creates psychological impact on oil prices. And you have counter statements by for instance Saudi Arabia saying that even if there is their reduction in supply, there will be substitute to any decrease of Iranian (oil) output. Another political statement is made by the United States which says it will stand against the closure of the Strait of Hormuz. As you can see, these have to do with the political and military.

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