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Trump: We know who was involved in the Aramco attacks and ready to help our allies

2019-09-16T22:09:48.143Z

US President Donald Trump says the United States is aware of the culprit in carrying out attacks on Saudi oil facilities, stressing that Washington is ready to respond to the attack, and that Washington will help its allies, while US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, Iran responsible for the attacks.



US President Donald Trump says the United States is aware of the culprit in carrying out attacks on Saudi oil facilities, stressing that Washington is ready to respond to the attack and that Washington will help its allies, while US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, Iran responsible for the attacks, and Britain announced Standing with Saudi Arabia against "dangerous and heinous" attacks, saying that they require "an international response." Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said yesterday he agreed with his US counterpart Mike Pompeo that the global economy would be affected if attacks on Saudi oil facilities destabilize the Middle East.

"Saudi oil supplies have been attacked. There is reason to believe that we know the culprit, and we are ready to respond to the attack based on verification first," Trump said in a tweet on his Twitter account.

"But we are waiting to hear from Saudi Arabia about who you think is the cause of this attack and how we will move forward."

On his expected meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Trump said in another tweet: "It is not true that I want to meet the Iranians without conditions."

Later, Trump tweeted yesterday that his country would help its allies despite its energy independence, after an attack on Saudi Aramco's two oil facilities shut down 5 percent of global crude production.

"We don't need Middle Eastern oil and gas, and in fact we have very few tankers there, but we will help our allies," Trump tweeted on Twitter.

Trump questioned Iran's claim that it had nothing to do with the attacks. "Remember when Iran shot down a drone, saying it was in its airspace, when it was never really close to it," he wrote on Twitter. They stuck to that story despite knowing it was a big lie. "Now they say they have nothing to do with the attack on Saudi Arabia. We'll see."

On the other hand, the US National Security Council held a meeting in the presence of the Vice President and Secretary of Defense to discuss the attack on the two oil facilities in Saudi Aramco.

US Chancellor Killian Conway stressed that all options at the White House are against Iranian behavior, adding that a repeated attack on Saudi Arabia would not help Tehran's position.

"The president, his national security team, Secretary of State Pompeo and our top diplomats have many options on the table, especially when it comes to shameful behavior and the protection of American interests," Conway said.

She added: «We have not committed to any meeting on the sidelines of the General Assembly of the United Nations, and the President will consider it. "But when you attack Saudi Arabia over and over again, you attack civilian facilities and vital infrastructure for the global economy, that doesn't help you much."

For his part, accused US Secretary of Energy, Rick Perry, yesterday, Iran for involvement in the attack on Saudi oil facilities, stressing that the attack on the Aramco facilities aimed at the economy and the global energy market.

Perry condemned what he called Iran's "attack on Saudi Arabia" in his address to the General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna.

"This behavior is unacceptable," he said, adding that Iran "bears responsibility for this act."

"There is no doubt that it is a planned attack on the economy and the global energy market," he said.

He noted that President Donald Trump has allowed the release of strategic oil reserves in case the United States needs them, and that "his department is ready" to do so if necessary.

"Despite Iran's malicious endeavors, we are confident that the market will recover," he said.

Senior US officials have cited intelligence assessments, including satellite imagery, to confirm their view of Iran's responsibility for Saturday's attacks on Saudi Arabia's main oil infrastructure.

Officials said intelligence showed the strikes were incompatible with the type of attack that could be launched from Yemen. Satellites released by the US government showed that at least 19 points in two Saudi energy facilities were affected. In New York, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the drone attack on two Aramco plants. On Saturday, I signed two Aramco oil plants in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia.

In London, Britain called the attacks "dangerous and outrageous," confirming its standing with the kingdom.

Foreign Minister Dominique Rapp said the attack was a "flagrant violation of international law," adding that the UK was firmly behind Saudi Arabia.

"The picture is not entirely clear about the official," Rapp said. "I want to have a very clear picture which will happen soon."

He continued: «This is a very serious attack on Saudi Arabia and oil installations and has repercussions on global oil markets and supplies. "It is a very dangerous and outrageous act and we have to have a very clear and unified international response to it."

Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said yesterday he agreed with his US counterpart Mike Pompeo that the world economy would be affected if attacks on Saudi oil facilities destabilize the Middle East.

"We agreed that if the situation in the Middle East becomes unstable, it will affect the global economy," Motegi told reporters after his first telephone call since his appointment last week with Pompeo.

In the same context, the Iraqi Prime Minister, Adel Abdul Mahdi, the day before yesterday, a phone call with Pompeo, about the recent attack on the two oil facilities in Saudi Arabia.

According to a statement issued by the Iraqi presidency, Abdul Mahdi and Pompeo discussed a number of issues, and assessed their position on the current crisis, and agreed to cooperate in the exchange of information.

The Iraqi official that «the task of Iraq is to maintain its security and stability and avoid any step of escalation, and prevent the use of its territory against any neighboring country or sister or friend». He added that Iraq, with its policy, seeks to play a positive role to dismantle the crises and conflicts in the region.

For his part, the US Secretary of State that the information available confirms the statement of the Iraqi government in the non-use of its territory in the implementation of the attack.

Source: emara

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