Attack on Saudi Arabia included projectiles fired from Iranian territory, sources say

17 Septembre, 2019, 19:55 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
  • Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

The drone attacks claimed by Yemen's Houthi rebels set alight two major oil facilities run by Aramco on Saturday, the Kingdom's Interior Ministry said.

US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper also singled out Iran as a regional destabilising force, while stopping short of directly accusing Tehran over the strikes.

Saudi Arabia, which has supported tougher USA sanctions on Iran, said an initial investigation showed the strikes were carried out with Iranian weapons.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the USA adopted a policy of "maximum pressure" on Iran because it believes it can not bring the Islamic republic to its knees through other means.

"I don't want to have war with anybody" but our military is prepared, Trump said at the White House on Monday.

Saudi Arabia sought to reassure the oil market on Tuesday that it has the ability to keep customers well-supplied despite attacks on its key facilities, sending crude prices sharply lower and reversing part of yesterday's spike. The Israeli state, moreover, had become increasingly concerned over an apparent cooling of the appetite of the ruling monarchies in both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates for a confrontation with Iran. But the stage was set for these incidents by the re-imposed sanctions on Iran by the USA after Trump pulled out of Iran's 2015 agreement.

In my opinion, the only factors traders should be concerned about are the timetable for repairs and the US response, if any.

"We have the strategic oil reserves, which are massive, and we can release a little bit of that", he said. We're dealing with the crown prince and other of your neighbors.

Last week, Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Mohammed Faisal said all parties must work towards easing the tension in the region.

Trump subsequently announced that the USA was "locked and loaded" to avenge Saudi oil with military force. Bohnen says oil prices jumped about 15 because because of the interruption.

One U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations, said the U.S. was considering dispatching additional military resources to the Gulf but that no decisions had been made.

Though prices shouldn't go high enough to affect the economy.

The US military, he said, was working with its partners to "address this unprecedented attack and defend the worldwide rules-based order that is being undermined by Iran".

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While the prince did not directly accuse Tehran, a foreign ministry statement reported him as calling on the worldwide community to condemn whoever was behind the strike.

"The kingdom is capable of defending its land and people and responding forcefully to those attacks", the statement added.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani speaks at parliament in the capital Tehran on September 3, 2019.

In addition to the immediate loss of supply, the attack raised the specter of USA retaliation against Iran, which could further inflame oil prices.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei reiterated this on Tuesday, saying that if the United States "repents" and returns to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, then it can talk with Iran along with other parties to the deal.

"Otherwise, no talks will happen ... with the Americans", he said. At least 11 supertankers were waiting to load oil cargoes from Saudi ports, ship tracking data showed on Monday. Since the third quarter is almost over, she said, the impact will be more significant in the fourth quarter and beyond if oil prices remain elevated.

"The President will always consider his options", Conway said when asked if Trump would still sit down with Rouhani under current circumstances.

Iran denies involvement in the attacks, which disrupted global oil supplies.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the Iran nuclear pact, which European parties are trying to salvage, is one building block "we need to get back to".

Sare'e said the attack-named the Second Operation of Balanced Deterrence-employed 10 Houthi drones. Meanwhile, the US Navy has helped enforce a blockade that has starved Yemen of food and medicine.

"In return, we have to prove that the policy is not worth a penny for the Iranian nation", Khamenei said. It contains the world's largest oil processing plant, handling crude from the giant Ghawar field and for export to terminals Ras Tanura - the world's biggest offshore oil loading facility - and Juaymah. And just last week, senior State Department advisor Brian Hook wrote an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal arguing Iran "is effectively extending its borders, enlarging its sphere of influence, and launching lethal attacks against rivals" via the Houthis.

Khamenei said the US wants to prove its "maximum pressure policy" against Iran is successful.

There has been speculation about a possible meeting between President Donald Trump and his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, during the upcoming U.N. General Assembly this month in NY.

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