Published: Thu, September 19, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Donald Trump Then vs Now on Saudi Arabia

Donald Trump Then vs Now on Saudi Arabia

Rouhani sent a formal note Monday to the United States denying an Iranian role and warning that any USA action against Iran would bring retaliation, Iranian state news media reported Wednesday.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was headed to Jiddah in Saudi Arabia to discuss possible responses to what USA officials believe was an attack coming from Iranian soil.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived Wednesday night in the Red Sea city of Jiddah, where he was scheduled to meet with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The US has blamed Iran for the weekend attacks on two Saudi oil installations as well as a string of assaults on shipping in sensitive Gulf waters.

That move emboldened Iran's mullahs, Graham continued in another tweet, and encouraged aggression such as the drone and cruise missile attack on the Saudi oil industry, which the U.S. has blamed on Iran, which denies the charge.

"The attack was launched from the north and was unquestionably sponsored by Iran", al-Malki told journalists. "I never rule anything out but I'd prefer not meeting him", he added, according to Reuters.

"We have neither planned for this meeting, nor do I think such a thing would happen in NY", the foreign ministry's Abbas Mousavi said in remarks aired on state television. Trump sends incoherent message The White House would like you to abandon all common sense on "locked and loaded" The same forces that prompted the President to suddenly call off an attack on Iranian targets in June to avenge the downing of a United States drone over the Gulf of Oman seem to be in play now. The attacks were claimed by Yemenis Iran-backed Houthi rebels.

"Once, we negotiated (with the U.S.) under sanctions (to sign Iranian 2015 nuclear deal), but we will no longer negotiate under sanctions anymore", Rabiee told reporters.

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Trump announced on Wednesday that the United States will impose fresh sanctions against Iran within the next 48 hours.

The Iranian side says it may decide not to take part in the General Assembly. Besides, he said that it did not address the development of Iran's ballistic missile projects.

A defense official has told CNN that the U.S. has imagery that suggests the attack originated from inside Iran, including evidence of weapons being readied for launch inside the country.

But Iran put the kibosh on any talks.

US Energy Secretary Rick Perry pinned the blame squarely on Iran for "an attack on the global economy and the global energy market".

Hassan Rouhani has been unwilling to meet Trump.

Tensions between Iran and the United States are running high as Tehran has pushed its uranium enrichment beyond the level agreed in the nuclear deal.

Trump responded to Graham's characterization on Tuesday evening, arguing that some had simply failed to grasp his approach to Iran. Saying the Houthis were responsible for the drone strikes, he said: "They attacked an industrial center to warn you".

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