Saudi Arabia says it will take 'appropriate' action if Iran's role in attacks confirmed

Saudi Arabia says it will take 'appropriate' action if Iran's role in attacks confirmed
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Saudi Arabia threatened to take “appropriate” action if it is confirmed that attacks against two oil facilities in the kingdom last weekend were directed by or emanated from Iran.

“The kingdom will take the appropriate measures based on the results of the investigation, to ensure its security and stability,” Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir told a news conference, though he declined to specify which actions are on the table, according to Reuters.


“We are certain that the launch did not come from Yemen, it came from the north. The investigations will prove that,” he added.

Saudi Arabia is currently investigating the Sept. 14 strikes on its Khurais oil field and Abqaiq oil processing plant. The attack left the facilities on fire and shut off half of the country’s oil exports, or 5 percent of the world’s supply, causing spikes in oil prices. 

While Yemen’s Houthi rebels, who are backed by Tehran, claimed responsibility for the assault, Riyadh laid the blame squarely at Iran’s feet.

“The kingdom calls upon the international community to assume its responsibility in condemning those that stand behind this act, and to take a firm and clear position against this reckless behavior that threatens the global economy,” Jubeir said. “The Iranian position is to try to divide the world and in that it is not succeeding.” 

Iran has denied any involvement in the attacks, with President Hassan Rouhani saying they were a “reciprocal response” to Riyadh’s brutal air campaign against the Houthis in Yemen, which has killed thousands of civilians and helped fuel one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world.

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoBeirut aftermath poses test for US aid to frustrating ally Advocacy groups come out against Trump pick for ambassador to Germany US pledges million in disaster aid to Lebanon MORE has said Iran is behind the attacks, while President TrumpDonald John TrumpDeWine tests negative for coronavirus a second time Several GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders Beirut aftermath poses test for US aid to frustrating ally MORE has said he is weighing several options.

“We have a lot of options, but I’m not looking at options right now. We want to find definitively who did this,” Trump told reporters this week, adding that it’s “certainly looking” like Iran is responsible.

Trump on Friday approved the deployment of U.S. troops and missile defense equipment to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in response to the attacks after the two countries requested international support to deter future assaults.

The administration also slapped new sanctions on Iran’s central bank.