- Zarif said, "I make a very serious statement about defending our country. I am making a very serious statement that we don't want to engage in a military confrontation."
- "The U.S. stands with Saudi Arabia and supports its right to defend itself," Sec. of State Pompeo tweeted.
- Saudi Defense Ministry officials showcased the wreckage of some drones and cruise missiles, claiming that Iran is involved in the attack on oil facilities.
The Iranian Foreign Minister has wrarned that any attack on his country would be considered “all-out war,” after the US Secretary of State supported Saudi Arabia’s defense after the attack on Saudi oil facilities. Javad Zarif has said this after his US counterpart, Mike Pompeo, said that the attack on Saudi oil facilities was an act of war, that Iran’s actions were unbearable, and that the United States was following the recent attacks on Saudi Arabia’s crude oil facilities.
Speaking to CNN on Thursday, Zarif said, “I make a very serious statement about defending our country. I am making a very serious statement that we don’t want to engage in a military confrontation.” The Iranian Foreign Minister also said Iran’s accusations about the US and its supporters in Saudi oil installations could also be an attempt to push the US president into a war.
Pompeo arrived in Riyadh on Wednesday to meet with Saudi officials, and after meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, said in a message on Twitter that Iran’s actions could not be tolerated. “The U.S. stands with Saudi Arabia and supports its right to defend itself,” Pompeo tweeted.
US President Donald Trump has said that it seems that Iran was behind the attacks on oil facilities. President Trump has also said that the US has “many options” for retaliation. In a tweet on Wednesday, President Trump also said he had asked the US Secretary of State to further tighten and increase sanctions on Iran.
Iranian Foreign Minister Jawad Zarif has condemned the US ‘provocative economic war’ on President Trump’s move. In his message on Twitter, he said that the purpose of the United States is to deliberately target the Iranian people. It is to be remembered that on Saturday, attacks on Saudi oil company ‘Aramco’ facilities in the Abqaiq and Khurais areas of Saudi Arabia. Half of the company’s production was suspended. Global oil supply has declined.
‘Evidence’ from Saudi Arabia
After the United States, Saudi Arabia also blamed Iran directly for the attacks. Iran denies involvement in any such action, and has warned that it will respond in the event of any attack. Iranian-backed Houthi rebels have already said that they are behind the attacks.
At a press conference, Saudi Defense Ministry officials showcased the wreckage of some drones and cruise missiles, claiming that Iran is involved in the attack on oil facilities. Saudi officials say the facilities were attacked with 18 drones and seven cruise missiles but were not fired from Yemen.
Evidence suggests that the attack was carried out by the north and was undoubtedly helped by Iran, Defense Ministry spokesman Colonel Maliki said. However, Colonel Maliki said Saudi authorities are still working to determine what was the origin of the attack.
The wreckage also showed a drone on which it was said to be on the Iranian drone’s delta. Colonel Maliki said that ‘the data obtained from the computers on the drone shows that they are owned by Iranian. Colonel Maliki said the facilities in Abqaiq were attacked by 18 drones, while seven cruise missiles were fired at both locations, four of which targeted the Khurais oil field. He said all the missiles came from the north. He also showed a video of a drone that struck Abqaiq.