Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif criticized the US decision to send additional troops and weapons to Saudi Arabia in response to the attack on oil fields. According to the Iranian Foreign Minister, this step by Washington is posturing. Zarif said in an interview with CBS.
“I think it’s posturing,” Zarif said. “I think everything in solving this problem is going in the wrong direction,” he added.
Zarif also refused to rule out the possibility of military conflict in the Middle East after the US decision to send additional troops to Saudi Arabia.
“I’m not sure we can avoid war,” Zarif said. “I am sure that we will not start [the war], but I am sure that whoever starts it will not be the one who ends it,” the Iranian Foreign Minister said.
Zarif was interviewed in New York, where he will attend a session of the UN General Assembly. On Friday, the US said it would send some troops to the Middle East and missile defenses for the Saudis in response to last weekend’s attack on the Kingdom’s oil facilities.
Although the Houthis from the Ansar Allah movement claimed responsibility for the attacks on the facilities of the Saudi Aramco oil company, Washington and Riyadh believe that Iran is behind the attacks. Tehran denies any involvement in the attacks.