- Perry expressed confidence in the "flexibility and power of the world oil market," and said the market would "respond positively" to the issue.
- The Kuwaiti government announced on Monday that it is investigating an unidentified UAV that had entered the country's airspace.
- A spokesman for the Houthi rebels threatened Saudi Arabia, saying that "Houthi's high hands can reach any place at any time."
US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry accused Iran of involvement in a drone attack on Saudi oil facilities at the International Atomic Energy Agency’s annual meeting in Vienna. He called the attacks “an attack on the global economy and the global energy market.”
At the IAEA’s 63rd annual meeting in Vienna on Monday, Perry urged other countries to condemn the Iranian attack. He expressed confidence in the “flexibility and power of the world oil market,” and said the market would “respond positively” to the issue.
Germany’s news agency reported on Monday that the US Secretary of Energy made reference to the US exploitation of its strategic oil reserves. Perry has said that if needed, the US is ready to launch its strategic oil reserves to prevent potential disruptions in oil markets.
Pompeo: Iran is responsible for the drone attacks
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also blamed Iran for the drone strikes. US President Donald Trump also tweeted in response to the attacks on Saudi Arabia’s Aramco Petroleum Facility. “We are locked and loaded depending on verification, but are waiting to hear from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as to who they believe was the cause of this attack and under what terms we would proceed!”
The drone strikes on Saudi Arabia National Petroleum (Aramco) oilfields were carried out at Baqiq and Kharis complex on Saturday morning. Yemeni Houthis, backed by the Islamic Republic of Iran, have claimed responsibility for the attacks. The Islamic Republic has denied any involvement in the drone strikes on Saudi oil facilities.
Kuwait investigates UAV flight
The Kuwaiti government announced on Monday that it is investigating an unidentified UAV that had entered the country’s airspace. The Kuwaiti government said in a Twitter message that it has begun investigations into the sighting of a drone over the Kuwait coast and will take the necessary measures to counter it. In a further message, Kuwaiti Prime Minister Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah ordered military and security officers to step up security measures at critical facilities in the country, and take adequate measures to defend Kuwaiti security.
Kuwaiti Al-Rai newspaper reported that on Saturday, a drone flew over the royal palace in the shape of a small car and crashed before turning on its headlights. According to Al-Rai, the drone flew at a height of 2 meters from the royal palace. Al-Rai also wrote that Kuwaiti security authorities have begun investigations into the anonymous UAV.
The Houthis threatened foreign companies in Saudi Arabia
Yemen’s Houthis have once again threatened to attack Saudi Arabia, with allegations of drone strikes targeting Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities in Iran. At a news conference, a spokesman for the Houthi rebels, Yahya Fast, threatened Saudi Arabia, saying that “Houthi’s high hands can reach any place at any time.” The Houthi spokesman also threatened companies and foreigners from evacuating important Saudi facilities that were subject to attacks.