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The Saudi leadership insists that the strikes were carried out by Iranian weapons, but Tehran does not directly blame
King Salman of Saudi Arabia said on Tuesday that his country is able to defend against “cowardly attacks”, but called on the international community to “fight back” those who attacked the Saudi oil refinery.
Saudi government insists the attack was carried out using Iranian weapons, but provides no evidence.
US President Donald Trump made it clear on Monday that Washington also considers Tehran guilty, but does not make final conclusions so far..
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Trump’s statements about a possible US response to a strike on an ally’s territory sounded ambiguous.
“I do not seek to get involved in a new conflict, but sometimes I have to,” he said. “It was a very large attack, and a much larger attack could follow in response.”.
“It certainly seems that it was most likely Iran,” the president concluded, adding that “within a fairly short period” it will become clear exactly who is responsible..
Earlier Monday, Trump, meeting in the Oval Office with Crown Prince of Bahrain Salman bin Hamad Isa Al Khalifa, told reporters that while he does not want a war with Iran, “the United States is more prepared” for conflict than any country in history..
“At the same time, we would definitely like to avoid this,” the president said..
Meanwhile, Iran’s top leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on Tuesday rejected the possibility of talks with Washington until the US returns to an international agreement from 2015 that curbed Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for easing economic sanctions..
Trump pulled out of the deal last year and reinstated sanctions that hit the Iranian economy hard. In recent days, there have been speculations that Trump may meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani next week when they both attend the UN General Assembly annual session in New York..
“Iranian officials will never communicate with US officials, at any level,” Khamenei said, adding that Trump’s attempts to blame Tehran for the refinery strike are “part of a policy of pressure on Iran.”.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Asks Administration To Provide All 435 House Members With Intelligence Findings Of Attack.
Oil prices jumped 15 percent on Monday after hitting refineries but corrected 6 percent on Tuesday.
“Geopolitical uncertainty is clearly not a new phenomenon in the Middle East,” says Michael Hewson, lead analyst at CMC Markets UK..