Thursday, 23 January, 2020

Saudi Attack: Houthi Rebels Say Country's Government Lying

French Foreign Minister Jean Yves Le Drian speaks after a meeting of the Russian French Security Cooperation Council in Moscow Russia Saudi Arabia presents 'oil attacks evidence'
Cecil Little | 20 September, 2019, 03:01

FM Zarif, when asked about the effect of "an American or Saudi military strike on Iran" in an interview with CNN, responded saying: "An all-out war. It was an act of war against them directly".

Iran has warned U.S. President Donald Trump against being dragged into a war in the Middle East and said it would meet any offensive action with a crushing response.

"We'd like a peaceful resolution".

Mr Pompeo told reporters: "This was an Iranian attack".

His reaction came a few hours after Trump said he had ordered Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to "substantially" increase economic sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

They also threatened the United Arab Emirates - a key member of the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Shiite rebels - with strikes against "towers made of glass that can not withstand one drone", in apparent reference to the glitzy cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Proof of Iranian responsibility and evidence that the attack was launched from Iranian territory could pressure Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia and Washington, which want to curb Iranian influence in the region, into a response.

The United Arab Emirates says it has joined a USA -led coalition to protect waterways across the Mideast after an attack on Saudi oil installations.

In response, Zarif said: "They're making that up". In June, after Iran shot down an American surveillance drone, Trump initially endorsed a retaliatory military strike then abruptly called it off because he said it would have killed dozens of Iranians.

The UAE said it had joined a US -led coalition to protect waterways across the Middle East after the attack in Saudi Arabia.

The strikes caused a major disruption in the oil market with the sharpest surge in prices since for at least 30 years.

Pompeo met Abu Dhabi's powerful crown prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned that the consequences of any United States or Saudi military strike on Iran would be an "all-out war".

In a tweet earlier Thursday, Pompeo said that "t$3 he US stands with #SaudiArabia and supports its right to defend itself".

The security officials said the officer who died was the representative of Saudi troops in Hadramawt, Lt. Col. Bandar Murid al-Otaiby.

Earlier this week, Trump said it was "looking like" Iran was responsible for the bombing but did not publicly accuse Tehran of the attack.

"This was an attack on Saudi Arabia".

Tehran-linked Houthi rebels in Saudi Arabia's southern neighbour Yemen have claimed responsibility, but both Washington and Riyadh have said the operation was beyond the insurgents' capabilities. Iran has said the Iranian leader has yet to receive a visa for the trip.

"When missiles hit another country, it is an act of war, but we have to go back to the principle of de-escalation", French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said.

With this strategy in mind, it is clear why Iran chose to raise the stakes by attacking a facility like Abqaiq.

Malki said Thursday's foiled attack represented a threat to regional and worldwide security and the safety of maritime routes and global trade.