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Iranian President Hassan Rohani and his cabinet on September 18, 2019 in Tehran. Official President website / Handout via REUTERS

Iran on Wednesday (September 18th) rejected the US and Saudi accusations about its involvement in the attacks on Saudi oil installations, Tehran warned the US against any attack.

With our correspondent in Tehran, Siavosh Ghazi

On Twitter, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif denounced Donald Trump's decision to further strengthen economic sanctions against Iran, calling them " economic terrorism ."

Escalating US economic war on Iranians, @realDonaldTrump ordered SoT "to increase sanctions against the COUNTRY of Iran!"

It's Admission that is DELIBERATELY targeting ordinary citizens: #EconomicTerrorism, illegal & inhuman.

Stop war & terror. # Security4All.

Javad Zarif (@JZarif) September 18, 2019

On his travels to Saudi Arabia, the US Secretary of State described Friday night's attack on Saudi oil installations as an " act of war ". Mike Pompeo blames Iran for the attack. The US president has ordered new sanctions against Iran after the attack on Saudi oil facilities. Donald Trump, however, still threatens Tehran with an ultimate option: he says he is ready for military action. The White House host, however, has always said he is hostile to the idea of ​​engaging the United States in new conflict.

Iran denies its involvement

In a note delivered to the Swiss embassy representing US interests in Iran, Tehran also denied any involvement in the attacks on oil installations in Saudi Arabia. But the US television channel CBS News said Wednesday that the attack was well perpetrated by Iran and approved by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, citing a US official on condition of anonymity .

For Robert Malley, former adviser to Barack Obama for the Middle East and President of the International Crisis Group (ICG), it is indeed likely that Tehran is behind this aggression. " Iran said several months ago that if the United States blocked exports, there was no question that US allies in the Gulf could do it themselves, " he said. . So that's an answer we had planned for Crisis Group. We said that if we continue in this direction, we can expect Iran to act to impede oil exports from allied countries to the United States, especially Saudi Arabia. So it would surprise me that Iran is not involved in this attack. "

Houthi Defense

At the same time, Iranian officials have warned against any military action against the country. " Iran's strategy is to bring down tensions in the region, but in case of aggression against our country, we will respond in the most severe way, " said Admiral Ali Shamkhani, head of the Supreme Council of Iran. national security.

Tehran supports Yemeni Houthi rebels and denounces attacks by the Saudi-led coalition against Yemen. On Wednesday, Iranian President Hassan Rohani did not hesitate to defend the Houthi's military action, including the attack on Saudi oil installations, saying they were only defending themselves.