Saudi Arabia says it will provide proof linking Iran to oil strikes

Saudi Arabia says it will provide proof linking Iran to oil strikes
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Saudi Arabia on Wednesday said that it would provide evidence that connected regional rival Iran to the recent attack on its oil supply. 

The Saudi defense ministry said at a press conference it would show “material evidence and Iranian weapons proving the Iranian regime’s involvement in the terrorist attack," according to Reuters

The U.S. and Saudi Arabia have placed blame for the incident on Iran, but Tehran has denied involvement. The attack last weekend was quickly claimed by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen. 

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“They want to impose maximum ... pressure on Iran through slander,” Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said, according to the wire service.

“We don’t want conflict in the region ... Who started the conflict?” he added, blaming the U.S. and its allies in the region for the violence in Yemen.

The attack and subsequent finger-pointing comes amid increasing tensions between the U.S. and Iran. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want NYT in the White House Veterans group backs lawsuits to halt Trump's use of military funding for border wall Schiff punches back after GOP censure resolution fails MORE on Wednesday said he told Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to “substantially” increase economic sanctions on the country. 

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoDiplomat who raised Ukraine concerns to testify in Trump impeachment probe Overnight Defense: Trump weighs leaving some troops in Syria to 'secure the oil' | US has pulled 2,000 troops from Afghanistan | Pelosi leads delegation to Afghanistan, Jordan Mulvaney faces uncertain future after public gaffes MORE was expected to meet Wednesday with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to discuss the attack and coordinate efforts to combat “Iranian aggression in the region,” the State Department said Tuesday.

Washington and Tehran have had a strained relationship since Trump pulled the U.S. out of a nuclear deal with Iran last year.