Iran tells Saudi Arabia that the rocket attack at its oil facilities should see as a WARNING
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says Saudi Arabia should view the attack on its oil facilities as & # 39; a warning & # 39; to end his war in Yemen.
Rouhani continued to point to the Houthi rebels in Yemen in a television broadcast from his cabinet Wednesday as the source of the attack and said it came as retribution for Saudi air attacks on hospitals, schools and markets.
He added that Iran does not want conflict in the region, but it was the Saudi-led coalition that waged the war in the region and devastated Yemen & # 39 ;.
Hassan Rouhani said strikes against Saudi oil mills at the weekend & a warning & # 39; must be for the country to stop its war in Yemen, while continuing to blame the rebels on Houthi for the strikes
The US says it has evidence that the strikes came directly from Iranian territory, using a mixture of cruise missiles and drones that flew over Iraq and Kuwait (top left) before attacking the Abqiaq refinery and the Khurais oil field (right). The destruction of one rocket thought to have failed to reach its target suggests that it could not have come from Yemen because it did not have sufficient range (bottom left)
A photo circulating after the attacks on Saudi social media appears to show the wreck of a Quds-1 rocket, analysts say, that it is a Houthi weapon, but does not have enough coverage to reach Saudi oil facilities from Yemen
A photo of the Quds-1 rocket released by Houthi rebels in July of this year after it was used to hit an airport in southern Saudi Arabia
& # 39; They attacked an industrial center to warn you. Learn the warning lesson, & he said.
Rouhani said that Yemenites did not hit hospitals, schools or the Sanaa bazaar, citing the air raids by the Saudi-led coalition.
A Saudi-led coalition has been fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen since 2015 in a much-criticized campaign killing hundreds of thousands of people and nearly half of the population facing hunger.
The President made no mention of Washington's allegations that the strikes had been launched from Iran, with drones and rockets traveling south through Iraq and Kuwait before reaching facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais.
The explosions have halved Saudi Arabia's oil production and disrupted 5 percent of global supply, raising crude oil prices amid fears of fuel shortages.
To address these concerns, Saudi Arabia's Energy Minister said on Tuesday that more than half of the daily crude oil production would be fully recovered by the end of the month.
& # 39; Where would you find a company in this entire world that has undergone such a devastating attack and emerged as a phoenix? & # 39; newly appointed energy minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman said.
Prince Abdulaziz said that state oil company Aramco will meet its customers' commitments this month by leveraging its reserves of crude oil and offering additional crude production from other oil fields.
The attack destroyed half of Saudi Arabia's oil production capacity and disrupted 5 percent of global supplies – the biggest one-day outage in history
Analysts said that damage to the oil refinery showed a level of pre-planning and refinement that is much higher than anything the Houthi have achieved in the past
Washington also suggested that damage patterns on some parts of the facility suggest that the attack came from the north or northwest – toward Iran and Iraq – rather than Yemen
He said production capacity would reach 11 million barrels per day at the end of September and 12 million barrels in November.
He said that production at Abqaiq's processing facility is currently 2 million barrels per day.
The strikes disrupted the supply of 5.7 million barrels, the largest one-day disruption in history, defeating the start of the Iranian revolution in 1979.
President Trump carefully weighs a wide range of possible actions against Iran in retaliation for his alleged attack on Saudi oil facilities, it is reported.
National security officials reportedly presented the president with a "menu" of options, including military and cyber attacks.
But it is said that Trump tends towards a "narrowly targeted response" that would not mean sucking the United States into a long-standing military conflict with Iran, NBC News reports.
One option considered by the president and senior officials in his administration is background support for a Saudi strike.
Donald Trump is said to weigh military attacks on Iran in response to the attacks, but advocates a & # 39; limited & # 39; response that would provide assistance to Saudi operations
Saudi Arabia Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman (right) said more than half of the country's lost production would have been restored by the end of the month
In this scenario, Americans would provide intelligence, surveillance capabilities and targeted information to Saudi armed forces – although no US personnel would fire weapons at Iran.
US military planners have long drawn up a list of possible Iranian targets, including the Abadan oil refinery and the Kharg island oil export facility.
These are important sites that are crucial to Iran's ability to process and sell oil.
Since the end of the 2015 nuclear agreement, the Trump government has tightened economic sanctions against Iran.
The Trump government could also instruct the army to strike at locations belonging to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.
Officials familiar with the schedule told NBC News that although the Pentagon did not make a decision, the presence of US troops in the Persian Gulf will be strengthened.
Tensions in the region have been high since earlier Tuesday, when American officials blamed the attack on Iran.
An American official told Reuters that Washington believes the attack originated in southwestern Iran.
Three officials spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity and said the attacks involved both cruise missiles and drones, indicating that they involved a higher degree of complexity and sophistication than initially thought.
The officials did not provide any evidence or explain which US intelligence services they used for the evaluations. Such intelligence, if shared publicly, could further press Washington, Riyadh and others to respond, perhaps even militarily.
Iran denies involvement in the strikes. Iran's allies in the Yemen civil war, the Houthi movement, claimed responsibility for the attacks. The Houthis say they hit the plants with drones, some of which were powered by jet engines.
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