US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo charged Tehran with attacking the vast oil fields of Saudi Arabia, sparking concerns of Iran-America war.
According to reports, drone attacks were initiated by Yemen’s Houthi rebels on Saturday’s biggest oil processing plant in Saudi Arabia and a significant oil field, causing huge fires at a fragile chokepoint for worldwide energy supplies.
Pompeo encouraged the international community “to condemn the assaults on Iran openly and unambiguously.”
“Tehran is behind almost 100 assaults on Saudi Arabia, while Rouhani and Zarif pretend diplomatic action. Iran has now initiated an unprecedented assault on the world’s energy supply in the midst of all calls for de-escalation. The attacks came from Yemen, there is no proof, “Pompeo stated Saturday.
We call on all nations to publicly and unequivocally condemn Iran’s attacks. The United States will work with our partners and allies to ensure that energy markets remain well supplied and Iran is held accountable for its aggression
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) September 14, 2019
We call on all countries to condemn the attacks on Iran openly and unambiguously. The United States will work with our partners and allies to guarantee that power markets stay well supplied and that Iran is held responsible for its aggression — Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) Sputniknews.com reports September 14, 2019: Tehran has yet to comment on the charges.
Earlier Saturday, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said in a phone call to US President Donald Trump that, according to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), “the Kingdom is prepared and capable of confronting and dealing with this terrorist attack.”
According to SPA, Trump, for his part, affirmed that Washington is allied with Riyadh and promotes the kingdom, emphasizing what he called the adverse impact of assaults on the US and global economy.
According to SPA, fires struck the Abqaiq oil refinery, a gated manufacturing facility and living community in the nation’s Eastern Province, as well as an oil-processing facility near the Khurais oil field early Saturday.
The armed opposition group of Yemeni Houthi asserted liability for the attacks.
The group assaulted the Abqaiq and Khurais oil refineries with 10 drones, the largest Houthi operation in Saudi territory to date, according to a spokesman, according to a declaration by the Houthi armed forces broadcast by Almasirah TV channel.
According to the Houthi declaration, the attacks will continue until Saudi Arabia stops carrying out military activities in Yemen.
Earlier, a drone attack on the Shaybah oil field and refinery in Saudi Arabia was carried out by Houthi armed forces, prompting the Saudis to attack objectives in southern Yemen.
Yemen has been engulfed in a war between exiled President Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi and the rebel Houthi party since 2015.
Since March 2015, at the request of Hadi, a Saudi-led coalition has been carrying out air strikes against the Houthis.