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9 Monday, September 16, 2019 12:54

Trump: US 'locked and loaded' after Saudi oil attack

Fears over an outbreak of fighting between Iranian and United States forces in the Gulf were revived on Sunday after Washington accused Tehran of carrying out devastating drone attacks on the worlds biggest oil-producing facilities in Saudi Arabia.On Sunday night US President Donald Trump said there is reason to believe that the White House knows the culprit of the attack, and that the military is locked and loaded to take action.

He said the US is waiting to hear from Riyadh as to who they believe was the cause of this attack, and under what terms we would proceed.Trumps warning followed a National Security Council meeting at the White House that included Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper.

On Monday, Iran dismissed the US allegations as unacceptable and baseless, according to state television.Earlier, Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi also said that the US allegations over the pre-dawn attack on Abqaiq and Khurais in Saudi Arabias Eastern Province were meant to justify actions against Iran.

Such remarks ... are more like plotting by intelligence and secret organisations to damage the reputation of a country and create a framework for future actions, said Mousavi.News of the latest tensions pushed the price of US crude oil up $5.61 per barrel, or 10.2 percent to $60.46 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

Brent crude, the international standard, surged $7.84 per barrel, or 13 percent, to $68.06 per barrel.Saudi Arabia oil supply was attacked. There is reason to believe that we know the culprit, are locked and loaded depending on verification, but are waiting to hear from the Kingdom as to who they believe was the cause of this attack, and under what terms we would proceed!— Donald J.

Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2019Tehran denied allegations it was behind the attacks, which were claimed by Yemens Iran-aligned Houthi rebel group.Earlier, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed Iran for the drone attacks and said theres no evidence the attacks came from Yemen.Pompeo said: Iran has now launched an unprecedented attack on the worlds energy supply.

Senior US officials cited intelligence assessments, including satellite imagery, on Sunday to support their case that Iran was responsible.
The US government released satellite images of Saudi Aramcos Kuirais oil field in Buqyaq [US government/Digital Globe via AP]
The US government released satellite images of Saudi Aramcos Abaqaiq oil processing facility in Buqyaq [US government/Digital Globe via AP]The images allegedly show impacts consistent with the attack coming from the direction of Iran, rather than from Yemen, they told the AP news agency on condition of anonymity.

.Additional devices that apparently did not reach their targets have been recovered and were being analysed by Saudi and US intelligence agencies, the officials said.A powder kegIrans elite Revolutionary Guard.....


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