Johnson blames Iran for Saudi oil attacks, says UK could join US-led coalition

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson reportedly blamed Iran for recent attacks on Saudi oil facilities and said he would consider joining a U.S.-led military effort. 

Speaking to reporters flying with him late Sunday to New York for the United Nations General Assembly, Johnson said “the U.K. is attributing responsibility with a very high degree of probability to Iran,” according to The Associated Press

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“We will be working with our American friends and our European friends to construct a response that tries to de-escalate tensions in the Gulf region,” Johnson said.

The Houthi rebels in Yemen have claimed the attack on the oil facilities, and Tehran has denied involvement. 

The Trump administration has pointed the finger at Iran for the attack and responded with increased sanctions on the nation’s central bank.

Johnson said he would meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during this week's U.N. gathering, the AP reports. He is also set to meet with President TrumpDonald John TrumpUPS, FedEx shut down calls to handle mail-in ballots, warn of 'significant' problems: report Controversial GOP Georgia candidate attempts to distance from QAnon Trump orders TikTok parent company to sell US assets within 90 days MORE, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Jean-Michel MacronThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Negotiators signal relief bill stuck, not dead Trump, US face pivotal UN vote on Iran International leaders pledge nearly 0M in aid after Beirut explosion MORE, according to AP. 

European nations, including Britain, are still involved with the 2015 nuclear deal reached with Iran. Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Obama-era deal last year, escalating tensions between the nations. 

Late last week, Trump also authorized the deployment of more U.S. troops and equipment to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in response to the attacks on the oil facilities.

Rouhani reportedly said Monday that the latest sanctions the Trump administration imposed on Iran last week show the U.S. in a state of “desperation.”