After the US, Great Britain blames Iran for the recent attacks on Saudi oil facilities. The UK is "very likely" to assume that Tehran is responsible for the attacks, Prime Minister Boris Johnson told reporters on the way to the UN General Assembly general debate. His country is now considering joining US-led military action to strengthen the Saudi defense. Britain would ask a plea - whether from the Saudis or the Americans - for military help to determine the extent to which its country could be useful, Johnson continued.
The United States and Saudi Arabia had also blamed Iran for the attacks on the oil facilities in Churais and Abkaik just over a week ago. The Shiite Houthi rebels from Yemen claimed responsibility for the air raids. Iran supports the Houthis in their fight against a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia in Yemen. A participation in the air raids in Saudi Arabia rejects Iran but back. In response to the air strikes, the US announced its plans to strengthen its armed forces in the region.
A British government official told the AP news agency that the Huthis testimony was "implausible." Remains of cruise missiles from Iranian production were discovered at the site of the attack. Their modernity "indicates very, very strongly on an Iranian involvement," it said.
French Foreign Minister meets Sarif
On Friday, the US government announced it would send additional troops to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to deploy missile-strike equipment there. It is about strengthening the defensive capabilities. According to US officials, hundreds of soldiers are to be sent.
France wants to mediate because of increasing tensions between the participating states. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian met with his Iranian colleague Mohammed Jawad Sarif in New York. Before the start of the UN General Debate, both spoke with each other, as a spokesman for the Iranian UN mission announced on Twitter. Further details were not known.