US Intelligence Proves Iran Attacked Saudi Oil Installations

Coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al Malki displays an image during a press conference in Riyadh

Coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al Malki displays an image during a press conference in Riyadh

But if Trump is going to remind the American public about the lies that Iranian leaders have told, it seems only fair to also point out that Saudi Arabian crown prince Mohammed bin Salman has told a few lies himself.

King Salman, heading a cabinet meeting on Monday, said Riyadh would handle the consequences of "cowardly attacks" that target vital Saudi installations, world crude supplies and global economic stability.

The attack was claimed by Yemen's Iranian-allied Houthi rebels, who are at war with a Saudi-led coalition that is trying to restore Yemen's internationally recognized government to power.

Iranian state media on Tuesday conveyed a threat against the United Arab Emirates of attacks similar to the strike against a key Saudi oil processing facility that caused reverberations worldwide.

He said Saudi Arabia would keep its role as the secure supplier of global oil markets, adding that the kingdom needed to take strict measures to prevent further attacks, which exposed the vulnerability of Saudi Arabia's oil industry and the broader global economy. "If Iran conducted this latest attack to pressure President Trump to back off, they will fail".

The Saturday attack hit a crucial oil field and forced the Saudis to temporarily halt the production of roughly 5.7 million barrels per day, sending crude prices soaring on Monday. It also exceeds the loss of Iranian oil production in 1979 during the Islamic Revolution, according to the IEA.

Gas prices set to rise in wake of Saudi oil facility attack

Mr Trump said Mr Pompeo and others would travel to Saudi Arabia soon. A USA official told CBS News the us has identified the exact locations in southern Iran from which the drones and cruise missiles were launched. Ahead of United Nations meeting, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said "there will be no talks with the U.S. at any level", the Associated Press reported. As oil, financial and stock markets remained jittery, fuel retailers raised the price of petrol by 14 paise to Rs 72.17 a litre and diesel by 15 paise to Rs 65.58 in the Delhi market, the national benchmark. "You can count on it", Pence said. "We don't know where all this will end", he said during a scheduled parliamentary hearing in Paris.

Iran has denied being behind Saturday's attacks, which knocked out half of Saudi Arabia's oil production.

The statement was in line with remarks Monday from U.S. President Donald Trump signaling that Washington believes Tehran was responsible for the drone attacks, but was holding off on a definitive conclusion pending more investigation.

One U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations, said the U.S. was considering dispatching additional military resources to the Gulf but that no decisions had been made.

Galip Dalay, a non-resident fellow at the Brookings Doha Center think tank, said the sophistication of the attacks and the fact such an operation would require high-level approval pointed at Tehran.

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