Attack on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia: what is known

On Sunday, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif accused Washington of lying in response to a statement by the head of the state Department that Iran had organized an attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil infrastructure.

“Accusations against Iran will not put an end to the catastrophe in Yemen,” the Iranian Foreign Minister commented on the words of the US Secretary of state.

On Saturday night, two important Saudi facilities, including the world’s largest oil refinery, were attacked by drones, causing oil production in the Kingdom fell by about 5.7 million barrels per day, which is about 50% of the total oil production in the country.

Yemeni Houthi rebels claimed responsibility and gave a number of details of the incident. But US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo said shortly after the attack that Tehran was behind the attack, and there is no evidence that the drones flew from Yemen.

The US considers Tehran guilty of a series of attacks on oil infrastructure in the region. Amid Donald Trump’s decision to re-impose sanctions against Iran, tensions between the countries are rising.

Javad Zarif responded to Pompeo’s statement on Twitter.

“By failing to challenge the maximum pressure, the Secretary of state Pompeo has resorted to maximum hype. The US and its clientele are bogged down in Yemen because of the illusion that superior weaponry will ensure them military victories. Blaming Iran will not end the catastrophe. This will be possible if our proposal of April 2015 to start negotiations is accepted, ” Zarif wrote on Sunday.

In his statement, Zarif alludes to the Trump administration’s sanctions policy against Iran, which the White House calls the maximum pressure campaign.
The US Secretary of state did not back up the accusations against Tehran with any evidence, simply saying after the attack that the US calls on all countries to publicly and unconditionally condemn Iran.

The US will work with its allies to hold Tehran accountable for its aggression, he said.

Earlier, Washington blamed Iran for the attack on two oil tankers in the Persian Gulf in June and July this year and the attack on four more tankers in May. Tehran denies all charges.