After the attacks on important oil facilities in Saudi Arabia, the United States and the United Kingdom want to coordinate with other states about a possible reaction. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Saudi Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman had discussed at their meeting the need for "the international community to come together to face the continuing threat of the Iranian regime," the US State Department said. They agreed that "the Iranian regime must be held accountable for its continuing aggressive, reckless and threatening conduct."
The issue was also raised in a telephone conversation between US President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The politicians advocated a diplomatic response to the oil refinery attacks, Johnson's office said. "They condemned the attacks and discussed the need for a united, diplomatic response from international partners," it said. Furthermore, the heads of government had agreed that Iran should not be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons. A spokesman for the White House emphasized after the conversation, the special relationship of the two countries. They pursued the same security objectives, "especially with regard to Iran's destabilizing behavior".
Earlier, Foreign Minister Pompeo announced that both the United States and Saudi Arabia would address the attacks during the UN General Assembly general debate next week. Pompeo said the US was on the side of Saudi Arabia. "The threatening behavior of the Iranian regime will not be tolerated." On Thursday, Pompeo wanted to travel to Abu Dhabi for talks in the United Arab Emirates.
The Iranian government on Wednesday again denied any responsibility for the attacks made by Tehran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen.
Since President Trump's unilateral cancellation of the nuclear deal with Iran a year ago, tensions between Washington and Tehran governments have increased. The US wants to use harsh sanctions and a policy of "maximum pressure" to persuade Iran to agree to a new deal with stricter conditions and stop supporting terrorist groups in the region.
Saudi Arabia - US and Saudi Arabia accuse Iran Who is behind the attack on Saudi Arabia's largest oil refinery, is still unclear. The weapons for the drone attack should come from Iran. © Photo: Essam Al Sudani / Reuters Pictures