Saudi ambassador warns of quick response to oil installations attacks

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Saudi Arabia’s new ambassador to the UK has warned against hurrying to respond to Saturday’s attack on oil installations in his country.

Speaking to the BBC, Prince Khalid bin Bandar Saud said the attacks were a blow to the world and their economy, but warned that the Middle East could not afford more conflict.

He said Iran was probably behind the attack. Iran has denied the allegations several times.

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On the other hand, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in a statement on Wednesday that the American accusation of Iran’s involvement in the Saudi Arabia oil attack was aimed at increasing pressure on Iran.

According to Iranian state TV, President Hassan Rouhani had said that while putting psychological and economic pressure on the Iranian people (through sanctions), they want to exert greater pressure on Iran through slander. “However, no one believes the allegations.”

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Image captionIranian President Hassan Rouhani said in a statement Wednesday that the American accusation of Iran’s involvement in the attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil installations is aimed at increasing pressure on Iran.

According to Iranian news agencies, the Iranian president said that Iran does not want conflict in the region and accused the US and Saudi-led military alliance of starting a war in Yemen.

In a video message broadcast on Iranian media, President Rouhani said, “We do not want conflict in the region, so who started the dispute?” The Yemenis did not start. Saudi Arabia, the United States, the United States, a few European countries and the Zionist government (Israel) have started wars in the region. ‘

It is to be remembered that on Saturday the attacks on Saudi oil company ‘Aramco’ installations in Baqiq and Kharis areas in Saudi Arabia have also affected the world’s largest oil refinery and where half of the company’s production was suspended. That is where the global oil supply has fallen by five percent.

The United States blamed Iran for the attacks, and some photos were released Monday as evidence of the claim, but Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has denied the allegations and says that the Yemeni There is a response from the public.

Yemeni Yemeni rebels have claimed responsibility for the attacks.

An American official told Reuters that attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil installations last weekend were carried out in southwestern Iran.

American Claims

Earlier, US officials claimed that the United States detected a location in Iran from which drones and cruise missiles were fired at Saudi Arabia’s oil installations.

A senior US official told CBS News that the location is located at the northern tip of the Gulf in southern Iran.

The official added that Saudi Air Defense did not stop the drones and missiles as they turned to the south to stop the Yemeni attacks.

Iran denies any involvement in the attacks.

Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen say they have sent drones to attack the Baqiq oil processing plant and the Khouris oil field.

Earlier, US President Donald Trump said that it seemed certain that Iran was behind Iran’s attacks on oil installations in Saudi Arabia.

Attack on Saudi oil installations
Image captionSunchar attacks fire at Saudi installations

He also said that the United States wants more evidence before deciding on an action, but he is hopeful that the threat of war can be avoided.

Speaking to reporters on Monday, the US president said that Saudi Arabia is the key ally of the United States, ready to help, but will wait for a final determination as to who was responsible for the attacks. “It certainly looks like it was Iran’s business,” he said.

It is to be noted that where Saudi authorities have stated that Iranian weapons were used in the attack, they have also refrained from holding Iran directly responsible for the attacks.

President Trump said he was not in a hurry to respond. “We have a lot of options and we will talk to the allies first.”

“I don’t want to get into a new dispute but sometimes you have to,” he said. It was a huge attack and the answer could be far greater. “

The US President also said that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo would visit Saudi Arabia, but did not mention the details of the visit.

Earlier, the head of the NATO alliance in the North Atlantic states said that the situation arising after the attacks on oil installations in Saudi Arabia is alarming.

Hans Stoltenberg says the attacks will increase tensions in the region. He has also accused Iran of “destabilizing” the region.

In an interview to the news agency AFP, he said, “We demand from all parties not to allow such attacks again as they will have a negative impact on the entire region and we are in danger of worsening the situation.” But there is serious concern. ‘

Earlier, the Saudi Foreign Ministry said in a statement issued on Monday night that while preliminary investigations indicated that the weapons used in the attack were Iranian, investigations are still underway on where the attack took place.

Saudi officials also say that they will invite UN and other international experts to review ground facts and be part of the investigation.

According to him, Saudi Arabia will take appropriate measures based on the results of the investigation to ensure its security and stability.

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Image captionAccording to US officials, drones and missiles were used in attacks on oil wells in Khyber and oil wells in Kyrgyzstan.

United Nations delegation to Yemen, Martin Gripes, told the Security Council on Monday that they do not know exactly who is behind the attacks, but it has increased the chances of fighting in the region.

British Foreign Minister Dominic Robb also pointed to instability in the region, saying the attacks were a clear violation of international law.

Separate statements from the European Union and China have also raised concerns over the situation in the region.

‘US evidence of Iran release’ released

Earlier, the United States released some satellite images and secret information in support of Iran’s claim of involvement in the attack on Saudi oil installations, as well as doubts about Houthi rebels’ ability to carry out the attack.

Yemeni Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for the attacks on Saturday, while Iran denies the allegations of involvement.

However, on the condition of anonymity, US officials have told international media that after seeing the direction and extent of the attacks, suspicions have been raised that the Houthi rebels were behind them.

US officials, speaking to the New York Times, said that drones and missiles were used in attacks on oil-fired factories and oil wells in Bazak, but not all hit their targets.

According to an official, 19 targets were targeted at these locations and the attacks were carried out from the west and northwest, while Yemen is located south of Saudi Arabia.

In a tweet on Sunday, US President Donald Trump also said that the United States knows who the culprit is and that they are ready to take action against those responsible for the attacks, but they are waiting to hear from the Saudis who is behind the attack. Was involved and how they want to move forward.

Iran’s latest allegations against Iran have not been reachable, but Iranian Foreign Minister Jawad Zarif has already termed US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s accusation “blatantly deceitful” that Tehran’s hand behind the attacks. Was.

Smoke is seen following a fire at the Aramco facility in the eastern city of Abqaiq
Image captionSmoke can still be seen two days after the attacks from Aramco’s installations.

Impact on the global oil market

The impact of attacks on oil installations in Saudi Arabia was seen in the global market on oil prices, and as the market opened on Monday, oil prices in the global market reached the highest level in the last four months.

It may take several weeks for Saudi installations to be fully restored, and these attacks have immediately reduced global oil supply by five percent.

At the start of business in the global market on Monday, crude oil barrels increased by 19% to $ 71.95 a barrel. In addition, the second major measure of oil prices, West Texas Intermediate prices increased 15 percent to $ 63.34.

However, President Trump’s release of oil from the US reserves declined slightly, but still saw a rise of ten percent and reached $ 66.28 a barrel. According to Bloomberg, this is the largest increase in single-day business since 1988.

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