Saudi Arabia and Iran posture over 'acts of war' and 'crushing' responses

Saudi Arabia and Iran posture over 'acts of war' and 'crushing' responses

Saudi Arabia and Iran posture over 'acts of war' and 'crushing' responses

Saudi Arabia and the United States accuse Iran of carrying out attacks on Saudi oil facilities on September 14 in what was the largest-ever assault on oil facilities in the world's top oil exporter.

An even more emphatic call for Iran to accept a new worldwide accord came from U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who showered praise on Trump as the world leader who could make that happen.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the USA wanted to give diplomacy "every opportunity to succeed" in the wake of the attacks that set aflame Abqaiq plant and the Khurais oil field in eastern Saudi Arabia.

The Islamic regime has denied allegations made by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other officials.

'If Saudi Arabia can prove without reasonable doubt that Iran was behind it, then world powers could exercise their clout - their pressure, their trade tools, pulling Iran back from its brinkmanship policy, ' the source said. "He's (Macron) a friend of mine, but we're not looking for any mediators".

"When the Americans aren't willing (to let Iran participate), we must insist on travelling", Rouhani said.

Unrest has worsened in the Persian Gulf region since President Donald Trump's decision a year ago to abandon a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran that had significantly curbed the Islamic republic's nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief.

Remains of the missiles which Saudi government says were used to attack an Aramco oil facility are displayed during a news conference in Riyadh Saudi Arabia
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On Friday, the Saudi-led coalition launched an operation against military facilities said to belong to Shia Houthi rebels in the northern part of the Yemeni province of Al Hudaydah, less than a week after the drone attack.

The United States will intensify pressure on Iran, U.S. Special Envoy for Iran Brian Hook said in NY on Monday.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani delivers a speech during the ceremony of the National Army Day parade in Tehran, Iran September 22, 2019.

Iran has repeatedly denied that it was behind the bombing of the refinery and oil fields - an attack Iranian-backed Houthi insurgents who are fighting in Yemen claimed responsibility for. He planned on presenting details while at the United Nations.

The United States, meanwhile, announced that it would send more troops to Saudi Arabia following the incident.

"The sophistication points very, very firmly to Iranian involvement and I think it is implausible that that wouldn't have been authorised by the Iranian government", the official said. He spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence findings. That ship has since left Gibraltar, leading to hopes the Stena Impero would be released.

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