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U.S. ship goes through Strait of Hormuz

U.S. ship goes through Strait of Hormuz
The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) is shown in the Arabian Sea on January 19, 2012, before transiting through the Strait of Hormuz without incident on January 22, 2012. The EU banned oil purchases from Iran on January 23, 2011. Iran has said it may blockade the Strait of Hormuz, but the U.S. Fifth Fleet has said it will not allow this to happen. UPI/Will Tyndall/U.S. Navy | License Photo

TEHRAN, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- The aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln passed through the Strait of Hormuz, a critical oil shipping lane Iran threatened to close, on Tuesday, officials said.

An Iranian patrol boat at one point passed within 2 miles of the carrier, which was protected by a U.S. cruiser and a destroyer, the BBC reported.

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Iranian officials recently threatened to close the channel, through which 20 percent of the world's oil exports moves, in retaliation for more recently enacted sanctions against the Islamic republic over its nuclear program.

Western leaders say they fear Tehran's nuclear activities are aimed at developing nuclear weapons. Tehran maintains its program is for peaceful purposes.

It was the second pass through the Strait in recent weeks by the Abraham Lincoln, officials said.

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