The Saudi Ministry of Defense held a press conference yesterday to uncover evidence of Iran's involvement in the attacks on Saudi Aramco facilities, saying that the Aramco attack came from the north with the support of Iran. I decided to join the International Alliance for the Safety and Protection of Maritime Navigation and to ensure the safety of sea lanes, while US President Donald Trump announced yesterday a "significant" tightening of sanctions against Iran.
A Saudi Defense Ministry spokesman, Turki al-Maliki, said the kingdom was asserting its ability to defend its territory.
The ministry also showed pictures of the remnants of missiles targeting Aramco factories in Abqaiq and Khurais migration. "We have evidence of Iran's involvement in acts of sabotage in the region through its proxies," the ministry said.
Maliki added that Saudi Arabia has evidence that the attack did not originate from Yemen, saying that «Aramco attack not only targeted Saudi Arabia, but also the international community and energy security», and called on the international community to deal with Iran's malicious practices in the region.
"We shared the results of the investigation into the attack on Aramco's labs with our allies," a ministry spokesman said. He added that the attack on Abqaiq and Khurais is an extension of previous attacks left behind by Iran.
Al-Maliki said that Iran was behind attacks on civilians in Saudi Arabia through its agents in Yemen, revealing that the attack on «Aramco» came from the north, and certainly was supported by Iran.
Turki al-Maliki announced that Iranian-made "Drones" Delta-Wing marches participated in the attack on Aramco. He showed a clip showing that the drones that attacked Aramco factories were flying from north to south.
A spokesman for the ministry confirmed that accurate cruise missiles were used in the attack on the Aramco factories, and that the drones that attacked the two facilities used an advanced positioning system, noting that the Iranian Revolutionary Guards announced last February that it had an advanced model. Of those missiles.
Maliki showed pictures of the missiles examined and information indicating their Iranian origin. He said 25 drones and a cruise missile were used to attack the facilities in Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said yesterday that the attack "is a real test of international will in the face of acts of sabotage threatening international security and stability."
He stressed his country's desire to conduct an investigation with international participation, on the attacks that targeted two oil facilities belonging to the company «Aramco» east of the Kingdom, «to reassure the international community to the safety of its actions».
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said yesterday that UN experts had been sent to Saudi Arabia for an international investigation into the attacks.
Saudi Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khaled bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz said yesterday that the US administration had confronted the Iranian regime and attacks by terrorist organizations without hesitation.
In a Twitter tweet, the Saudi deputy defense minister thanked the US president for his stance against terrorism, stressing that his country continues to support him against the forces of evil. The Saudi deputy defense minister appreciated America's support for its allies in the region against unjustified hostilities.
The Saudi ambassador to London, Prince Khaled bin Bandar, told the BBC that it was "almost certain that it was with Iranian support." "We are trying not to take a very quick reaction because the last thing we want is more conflict in the region," he said.
Earlier, an official source in the Saudi Ministry of Defense announced that the Kingdom has decided to join the International Alliance for the Safety and Protection of Maritime Navigation and to ensure the safety of sea lanes.
The Saudi Press Agency said that the Kingdom's accession to this international alliance comes to support regional and international efforts to deter and address the threats of maritime navigation and global trade, and to ensure global energy security and the continued flow of energy supplies to the global economy and contribute to the maintenance of international peace and security.
She added that this international alliance aims to protect merchant ships by providing safe navigation to ensure freedom of maritime navigation and global trade and to protect the interests of the countries participating in the alliance, thus enhancing the security and safety of merchant ships crossing the corridors, while covering the area of operations of the International Alliance for Security Navigation in the Gulf Strait of Hormuz and Bab al-Mandab and the Sea of Oman And the Arabian Gulf.
In Washington, President Trump announced yesterday a "significant" tightening of sanctions against Iran.
Trump's remarks came after Washington announced it was considering options to respond to the possibility of direct Iranian involvement in the attack on the two facilities of the Saudi oil company «Aramco», last weekend.
The Crown Prince of Bahrain, Sheikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, discussed in Washington yesterday, with US Defense Secretary Mark Esper, ways to strengthen military coordination and cooperation between the two countries.
The Crown Prince of Bahrain praised the historical and strategic relations that extend for decades between his country and the United States, according to the Bahrain News Agency.
He underlined the importance of continuing coordination, defense cooperation and joint action and supporting regional and international efforts to promote security and stability and achieve peace and development in the region and the world. He noted the participation of his country within the joint naval forces to ensure global freedom of navigation and the fight against piracy, as part of the strategy of joint action to face the challenges and threats in the region to ensure commitment to good-neighborly relations and mutual respect for the sovereignty and independence of States and non-interference in their internal affairs.
The meeting also dealt with «the relations of friendship and cooperation between the two countries, especially with regard to the military and defense, and a number of issues of common interest on the regional and international arenas to serve regional and international peace and prosperity».
In contrast, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani plans to cancel his trip and his delegation to New York to participate in the work of the United Nations General Assembly, at the end of this month, on the grounds that no visas have been issued so far.
Rowhani and his foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, could cancel their scheduled trip on Monday, if visas were delayed for several hours, the official IRNA news agency reported.
The 74th session of the UN General Assembly kicked off yesterday at the UN's official headquarters in New York City.