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Iran renews threat to close the Gulf

Iran, renewing a threat to close the Persian Gulf if Iraq disrupts its oil exports, warned Tuesday that Western nations could face ''a very cold winter.'' Parliamentary Speaker Ali Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani said the delivery to Iraq of five French Super-Etendard warplanes armed with Exocet missiles would prolong the three-year-old Gulf war.

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