Iran Weighs Plan to Cause Oil Spill: Report

Such a spill in the Persian Gulf would boost oil prices

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 14, 2012 3:11 PM CDT

(Newser) – Iran's latest idea: cause an oil spill in the Persian Gulf that would punish the West and force its leaders to play nice with Tehran, the Jerusalem Post reports. Such a spill would also drive up oil prices, induce Western countries help clean it up, and perhaps lead them to reduce sanctions on Iran. Called "Murky Waters," the scheme was dreamed up by a commander in Iran's Revolutionary Guard. It is currently under consideration on Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's desk, according to an article in today's Der Spiegel.

Fishing boats are seen in front of oil tankers on Persian Gulf waters, south of the Strait of Hormuz.   (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
A damaged oil supertanker offshore Fujairah port in the United Arab Emirates Thursday, July 29, 2010.   (AP Photo/Emirates News Agency)
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