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Iran stokes tensions over Saudi oil attack

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/19/19, 12:40 pm

Iran’s foreign minister on Wednesday warned of “all-out war” if Saudi Arabia retaliates for Saturday’s attack on its oil infrastructure. Iran denied involvement in the drone strikes, which temporarily halved Saudi oil production rates. Mohammad Javad Zarif told CNN that Iran “won’t blink to defend our territory” if it faces any military confrontation. President Donald Trump said Tuesday that U.S. intelligence has reason to believe Iran was behind the attack. United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said an international team of experts was headed to Saudi Arabia to investigate.

Will Saudi Arabia or its allies strike back? Trump had said he was “locked and loaded” to retaliate but has so far taken a more cautious approach. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Wednesday with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to discuss a coordinated response. Trump tweeted he asked the U.S. Treasury to “substantially increase” sanctions on Iran.

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Onize Ohikere

Onize is a reporter for WORLD Digital based in Abuja, Nigeria.

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  • news2me
    Posted: Thu, 09/19/2019 01:38 pm

    Iran does have me concerned because they have been getting away with a lot of stuff lately.

    I'm not afraid of dying, but at my age I am concerned about living without food and water.

    And A/C. :-) We live in a very hot area.

  • Big Jim
    Posted: Thu, 09/19/2019 03:13 pm

    Iran has been getting away with a lot of stuff for a LONG time. I'm old enough to remember the attack on our Embassy in Tehran and the taking of hostages for over a year. Add to that the Beirut barracks bombing (killing almost 300 Americans), arming/supplying Hezbollah, providing IED expertise to insurgents in Iraq which killed many Americans, the list goes on and on.

    I'm not a warmonger but somebody needs to bloody their nose.