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

US Has No Immediate Plans to Boost Forces to Counter Iran: Pentagon

US Has No Immediate Plans to Boost Forces to Counter Iran: Pentagon

Tehran said any military action against Iran by the United States or Saudi Arabia in retaliation would result in an "all-out war". "I am making a very serious statement that we don't want war; we don't want to engage in a military confrontation ..." "But we won't blink to defend our territory".

"What would be the outcome of an American or Saudi military strike on Iran now?" Iran refutes these allegations.

Tehran-linked Houthi rebels in Saudi Arabia's southern neighbour Yemen have claimed responsibility, but both Washington and Riyadh have said the operation was beyond the insurgents' capabilities.

Houthi military spokesman Yahya Saree said the assault was launched from three sites in Yemen and threatened the UAE, a key member of the Saudi coalition fighting the rebels, saying the skyscrapers of Dubai and Abu Dhabi are among a dozen targets under consideration. Therefore, the Trump administration would need to seek authorization "for a unilateral American response unless American interests were directly attacked", he said. He separately said Wednesday he is moving to increase financial sanctions on Tehran over the attack, without elaborating. Bernie Sanders said "an attack on Saudi oil is not an attack on America" and vowed Congress will not allow the White House to launch another devastating military conflict in the Middle East.

Iran's foreign minister spokesman said in a tweet that Zarif was set to leave for NY on Friday. "In fact, they've been put into a corner where they've said this is the only thing we can do now", said Moulton, who is also on the Armed Services Committee.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to the media before departing from al-Bateen Air Base in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, as U.S. special representative on Iran Brian Hook, left, listens.

He added that the Houthis were behind the attacks, going on to state that they could deploy a wide range of drones and missiles. U.S. and Saudi officials rejected the claim, saying the attack had not come from the south.

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The comments by Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif represented the starkest warning yet by Iran in a long summer of mysterious attacks and incidents following the collapse of Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, more than a year after President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew the US from the accord. "I know that the Houthis made a statement that they did it".

Trump has multiple options to retaliate against Iran in a more measured manner.

"'Lies and cheating' - and groveling to foreign clients who harbor utter disregard for blood & treasure - have reached new high over last few days", said the top Iranian diplomat, adding, "Path to redemption: Seizing opportunity to end disaster in Yemen - not widening it!" Australia, Bahrain and the United Kingdom also are taking part.

Saudi Arabia joined the coalition on Wednesday.

A Saudi military officer walks by what was described as the remains of Iranian cruise missiles and drones used in an attack this weekend. That opinion was shared by weapons experts who spoke to The Associated Press.

U.S. officials it quoted said unreleased satellite photos showed Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps making preparations for the attack at Ahvaz airbase.

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