Britain joins USA in blaming Iran for Saudi oil attacks

Wednesday, 25 Sep, 2019

"It is clear for us that Iran bears responsibility" for the drone and missile attack on two oil facilities, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, President Emmanuel Macron of France, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a statement on September 23.

The leaders of Britain, France, and Germany have backed the United States in assertions that Iran is to blame for the attack on Saudi oil facilities and urged Tehran to choose dialogue over "provocation".

Johnson, the United Kingdom high minister, talked about Britain accrued backs the present nuclear agreement and desires Iran to follow its phrases but told Trump to strike a contemporary deal with Iran.

Both Aramco plants were hit in drone and missile attacks on September 14 that caused fires and significant damage, halving the country's oil output.

A senior Gulf official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Gulf countries, the United States, the Europeans and others needed to engage in "collective diplomacy" to defuse tensions.

Iran said on Monday that the tanker was "free" to leave after the completion of legal proceedings.

Brent futures gained 49 cents, or 0.8%, to settle at $64.77 a barrel, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude gained 55 cents, or 1%, to settle at $58.64.

In this photo released by the official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, Revolutionary Guard troops attend a military parade marking 39th anniversary of outset of Iran-Iraq war, in front of the shrine of the late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini, just outside Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019.

Senior Emirati foreign ministry official Anwar Gargash said the UAE will in NY "emphasise the primacy of diplomacy". The Trump administration announced Friday that it would send additional US troops and missile defense equipment to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates as part of a "defensive" deployment.

Johnson said, "clearly if we are asked either by the Saudis or the Americans to have a role then we would consider in what way we could be useful".

The strikes disrupted the global energy market and, though they were claimed by Yemen's Ansar Allah, or Houthi, movement, the US has laid the blame squarely on Iran.

Iran has denied any involvement and vowed to retaliate against even a limited military response.

It contradicts promises by Saudi oil executives of a speedy recovery taking no more than ten weeks.

Saudi Arabia and the US also blame Iran.

Numerous sanctions had applied before Tehran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers promised to lift them, in exchange for curbing the country's atomic program.