Pompeo favours 'peaceful resolution' to crisis after Saudi attack

Суббота, 21 Сен, 2019

But if those fail to materialize in time, American leaders must consider what our true national security interests are and what outcome USA military action could have in the conflict - including the potential of getting ourselves bogged down in another Middle Eastern war.

US officials also quickly came to believe that the attack did not come from Yemen and that Iran was responsible, according to USA officials who briefed reporters.

Speculations about the origin of strikes on eastern Saudi Arabia have been changing and becoming gradually more precise as unnamed US officials leak more intelligence.

Trump seems to be in no hurry to engage Iran in an open military conflict, preferring to tighten the sanctions noose and likely putting further pressure on the regime by less overt means.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States wouldn't tolerate Iran's "threatening behavior".

"Any strikes against Iran would nearly certainly be carried out by volleys of cruise missiles from (US) Navy vessels".

First, a Trump Administration official told ABC News on Wednesday it was Iran that launched the attack using "a dozen cruise missiles and over 20 drones from its territory". Iran denies being involved in the attack and its foreign minister warns any retaliatory strike on it by the US or Saudi Arabia will result in "an all-out war".

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has described the attacks as "an act of war" against Saudi Arabia, though Trump says there are options short of war.

Trump's comments come as he spoke with reporters in the Oval Office during a meeting with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

The spike in regional tensions comes as Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers unravels, following President Donald Trump's unilateral withdrawal of the USA from the accord over a year ago.

Tehran amplified that message on Friday when a senior Revolutionary Guards commander said Iran would respond from the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean against any USA plots.

Tehran says the USA accusations were part of Washington's "maximum pressure" policy on Iran to force it to renegotiate a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, which Trump exited past year, reimposing sanctions to choke off Iran's oil exports.

Lt-Col Wood concluded that the Saudi's were not pointing the finger squarely at Tehran because that may cause an escalation in an already fraught situation in the region.

He added sanctions will be imposed on Iran to prevent its continued support for terrorism.

Journalists arrived Friday to Buqayq in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province, home to the Abqaiq oil processing facility.

The kingdom sees the September 14 strikes on its Khurais and Abqaiq facilities - the worst attack on Gulf oil infrastructure since Iraq's Saddam Hussein torched Kuwaiti oilfields in 1991 - as a test of global will to preserve worldwide order. On Saturday, Prince Mohammed provided Trump an update by phone, according to a US official.

Eighteen drones and seven cruise missiles were launched in the assault, Al-Malki said, with three missiles failing to hit their targets.

Kuwait says it has raised security levels at its ports given ongoing regional tensions following an attack on Saudi Arabia.

"The decision emphasizes that all measures have to be taken to protect the vessels and the ports' facilities", it said.

That attack halved the kingdom's oil production and has disrupted global energy supplies. Iran's foreign minister warned that any strike would lead to "all-out war".