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Iran Studying 'Hormuz Letter,' Warns Gulf Producers
CNBC.com | January 16, 2012 | 04:46 AM EST

The Iranian Foreign Ministry has confirmed it has received a letter from the United States concerning the Strait of Hormuz, “via three different channels.” Authorities were considering whether to reply, although the contents of the letter were not divulged.

"The Islamic Republic is studying the letterand will respond to it if it is necessary," Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said.

On Saturday, state-run news agency IRNA reported that the Iranian Foreign Ministry sent a letter to the United States saying that it had reliable information about the complicity of Western intelligence agencies in the assassination of an Iranian nuclear scientist in Tehran last week. The US has denied any involvement.

The latest developments are likely to be the focus of talks when General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, visits Israel this week. A joint military exercise between the United States and Israel, billed as the largest between the two, has now been postponed to the second half of 2012 for reasons that remain unclear.

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