Saudi Arabia says Iranian sponsorship of oil attack 'undeniable'

Iran’s foreign minister questioned US plans for a coalition for a “peaceful resolution” in the Middle East

Iran’s foreign minister questioned US plans for a coalition for a “peaceful resolution” in the Middle East

"An all-out war", Zarif responded.

French President Emmanuel Macron's office announced the move in a statement Wednesday after the French leader spoke to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

He dismissed Houthi claims of carrying out the attacks and stated: "Despite Iran's efforts to make it appear so they did not originate from Yemen". "Is that their aim?"

Zarif made the comment in an interview published by CNN Thursday. Some like to think of Israel's conflict with Hamas or Hezbollah as being against the Palestinians or Lebanese, but in reality, they are against Iran.

Iran has denied any involvement, but on Wednesday Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Saudi Arabia should see the attack as a warning to end its war in Yemen.

Zarif said: "I know that we didn't do it".

"But US officials said the most damning evidence is still unreleased satellite photos showing the Iranian Revolutionary Guard making preparations for the attack at Ahvaz Air Base in southwestern Iran", it added.

He added: "But we won't blink to defend our territory".

A senior United States official called for a UN Security Council response to the attacks, although success is unlikely because diplomats say Russian Federation and China - who have veto powers are likely to shield Iran. "The Iranian regime's threatening behaviour will not be tolerated", Pompeo said in a tweet. He refused to say, however, whether he believed Iran directly carried out the operation. They did not hit hospitals, so why are you upset? If it can get away with downing a U.S. aircraft, why can't it get away with attacking Saudi territory?

Saturday's attack targeted the world's largest oil processing facility and a major oil field in Saudi Arabia. The 4-year-old war has killed tens of thousands of people and destroyed much of the country, with millions more driven from their homes and thrown into near starvation.

Maliki said on September 14's attack did not originate from Yemen, where Saudi Arabia is locked in a prolonged conflict with the Huthis, "despite Iran's efforts to make it appear so". Trump said referring to Senator Lindsey Graham of SC who warned against showing any leniency toward Iran.

The United States already enforces widespread sanctions that have crippled Iran's economy, including attempting to shut down its oil export industry.

Iran, which has denied involvement in the attack, warned the USA it will retaliate immediately if it is targeted. The UAE is a close ally of Saudi Arabia and joined the kingdom in its war in Yemen against the Houthis. United Nations experts monitoring sanctions on Iran and Yemen also left for the kingdom, Saudi's UN envoy told Reuters.

"Almost certainly it's Iranian-backed", Prince Khalid bin Bandar, Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United Kingdom, told the BBC. The government in Baghdad, which is allied with both Iran and the USA, has tried to keep a neutral stance amid the tensions.

One option is a military strike against the facilities from which those drones and cruise missiles were launched.

Saudi Arabia's Finance Minister said yesterday that the attack had "zero" impact on revenues and that Aramco was continuing to supply markets without interruption.

A spokesperson for the Saudi military, Colonel Turki Al-Malki, said wreckage from 18 unmanned area vehicles and seven cruise missiles indicate that the attack was from Iran.

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