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Aramco attack latest developments .. A list of new targets and sanctions

2019-09-19T11:11:34.069Z



Attacks on Saudi oil facilities are still gaining momentum at the regional and international levels, amid fears that they could lead to a new war in the Gulf.

The following is a list of the latest developments:

Khamenei agreed to the attack
CBS News quoted US officials as saying they had information confirming that Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei had agreed to attack two Saudi Aramco oil facilities.

The network said that Khamenei approved the attack on the condition that it is carried out in a way that suspects from any Iranian involvement.

It is noteworthy that the Yemeni Houthi group claimed responsibility for the attack, but Washington and Riyadh said the drones were launched from Iran.

List of Goals
According to the New York Times, US military response plans include a list of targets in Iran, including the Abadan facility, one of the largest oil refineries and the island of Kharg, home to the country's largest oil facility.

The list also includes sites from which missiles may have been fired at Saudi Arabia and other Revolutionary Guards bases in southwestern Iran.

"Any strike against Iran is likely to be carried out by bursts of cruise missiles launched from naval ships. If Iran responds to the first strike, planes will strike again," the newspaper said.

New sanctions
US President Donald Trump has announced that he has "many options" to respond to Iran, announcing new sanctions "within 48 hours."

These sanctions add to the unprecedented punitive measures imposed by Washington on Tehran, following Trump's withdrawal in May 2018 from the international agreement on Iran's nuclear program.

"There are a lot of options, there is the final option, there are much fewer options, and we will see," Trump told reporters in Los Angeles. "I say the final option means war."

For his part, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif described the US decision to impose additional sanctions on Iran as an escalation of the economic war on its citizens, and said that the resolution is illegal economic terrorism and inhuman.

Zarif spoke of the possibility of luring US President Donald Trump to launch a war against Iran.

To the UAE
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo left Saudi Arabia for the UAE after meeting in Jeddah with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and discussing the need for "the international community to come together to confront the continuing threat of the Iranian regime."

Pompeo and bin Salman agreed on the need to hold the Iranian regime accountable for its continued aggression and reckless and threatening behavior, according to the statement.

The US Secretary of State said on Twitter that the United States stands with Saudi Arabia and supports its right to defend itself, and Pompeo stressed that what he described as the Iranian regime's behavior threatening will not be tolerated.

Pompeo ended his talks with bin Salman hours after Saudi Arabia offered what it said was evidence that Iran was attacking oil facilities.

In a related context, the UAE announced its accession to the International Alliance for Navigation Security, a day after Saudi Arabia took a similar step.

Iran rejects and demonstrates its power
For his part, the president's adviser said that the evidence presented by the Saudi Ministry of Defense is a media and political scandal, and said it proved that it does not have any information, and does not know what it wants.

He added that Riyadh did not answer the most important question, which is: Why did the radars not detect the attack before it happened?

At the same time, Iran announced that it will organize its annual military parade on the 22nd of this month in the Gulf waters.

France on the line
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said the Houthis' account of attacking Saudi Aramco's two Saudi oil facilities was unbelievable.

A French military spokesman said Paris had sent seven experts to Saudi Arabia to investigate the Aramco attacks.

The Houthi group claimed responsibility for the attacks on Saudi oil facilities last Saturday, but Washington and Riyadh said the attacks were from Iran.

Source: aljazeera

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