European countries and the U.S. accuse Iran of seeking to develop atomic weapons. Iran says its nuclear program is strictly for energy.
Iran has threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz, a seaway linking the Persian Gulf with the Indian Ocean, if sanctions are imposed on its oil. Qatar, the world’s biggest producer of liquefied natural gas, ships nearly all its LNG and crude oil through the strait to markets around the world.
“Hormuz is an international passageway and I think it’s in the benefit of all that this passage stays open for the economy, for the world,” the prime minister said.