Published: Fri, September 20, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Iran warns USA or Saudi attack would trigger 'all-out war'

Iran warns USA or Saudi attack would trigger 'all-out war'

Tehran has denied that it carried out the attacks and Houthi rebels in Yemen have claimed responsibility.

"That's my mission, that's what President Trump certainly wants me to work to achieve and I hope that the Islamic Republic of Iran sees it that way", Pompeo told reporters.

Saudi officials on Wednesday unveiled what they said were fragments of 25 drones and cruise missiles fired Saturday at the oil facilities in the country's east, engulfing them in flames. Trump had even mulled whether to back a French proposal to grant Iran a $15 billion credit line, although he may have conditioned it on securing a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who has refused to meet the USA president unless Washington eases sanctions first.

"'Act of war' or AGITATION for WAR?"

Zarif earlier accused Pompeo of being part of a "B-team" that Tehran says includes Saudi Arabia's crown prince and is trying to dupe Trump into opting for war.

Iran, which has denied involvement in the attack, sent a note to the U.S. via Swiss diplomats on Monday, reiterating that Teheran denies involvement in the aerial attack, the country's state-run Irna news agency reported.

"US inaction will be perceived as weakness", said Suzanne Maloney, deputy director of the foreign policy programme at the Brookings Institution.

"Because it's based on lies, it's based on deception", he said.

In response to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's declaration Wednesday that the bombardment of Saudi oil facilities this past weekend-which the Trump administration has blamed on Iran-constituted an "act of war," Sen.

On Saturday, the Abqaiq facility and the Khurais oil field in Saudi Arabia were hit by attacks, which resulted in the temporary suspension of 5.7 million bpd of Saudi Arabia's crude oil production, or around 5 percent of global daily oil supply.

However, he made it clear Iran won't blink to defend its territory.

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But for now, it's being used in bad faith by Trump to give himself and Mitch McConnell cover for their own unwillingness to act. He event went as far as replying "hell, yes" when asked if he wanted to take away AR-15s and AK-47s.

"The job of the Department of Defense is to provide the president with options", he said.

USA efforts to bring about a UN Security Council response looked unlikely to succeed as Russian Federation and China have veto powers and were expected to shield Iran.

France, which is trying to salvage the deal, said the NY gathering presented a chance to de-escalate tensions.

Washington and its Gulf allies want Iran to stop supporting regional proxies, including in Yemen, Iraq and Lebanon, as well as to put more limitations on its nuclear and missile programs.

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.

A Saudi-led coalition has battled the Houthis since March 2015 in a bloody and stalemated war.

"Recent events underscore the importance of protecting global commerce and freedom of navigation".

Multiple reports from the White House have portrayed Trump as extremely reluctant to be drawn into another conflict as he campaigns for reelection while seeking to draw down troop levels in Afghanistan and Syria.

The ministry also rejected any participation by Israel in that coalition, and said security in the Gulf was the responsibility of Gulf states.

Officials inside and outside the USA administration have said the response could involve military, political, and economic actions, and that military options range from no action to air strikes or moves such as cyberattacks.

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