The United States reiterated the accusations against Iran. There is new evidence about the missiles being attacked in Saudi Arabia. US President Trump in the meantime moves on to attack.
After the drone strikes on Saudi Arabia's largest oil refinery, US President Donald Trump threatened the perpetrators with a retaliatory strike. At the same time, Trump denied Sunday night (local time) on Twitter his statement that he was ready without preconditions for a meeting with the Iranian leadership.
Trump has made no claims as to who the United States believes to be the creator of the attack. He wrote on Twitter: "C & # 39; is reason to believe that we know the culprit". The United States stood by the rifle, but waited for confirmation and information from the Saudi leadership, which it believed was responsible for the attack and under what conditions.
The oil supply of Saudi Arabia has been attacked. There are reasons to believe that we have come to the end and that we are proceeding to do so.
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 15 September 2019
A few minutes later, Trump wrote in a tweet that the media reported that he was "unconditionally" ready to meet the Iranian leadership, "as usual" was wrong. Trump himself has repeatedly stated that he is ready for such a meeting without preconditions. Only last Tuesday Pompeo again emphasized that Trump was ready for a meeting without preconditions.
On Saturday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed Iran for the attacks in Saudi Arabia, although the Houthi rebels in neighboring Yemen had expressly pledged to do so. They claimed to have attacked the oil installations of Saudi Arabia with ten drones. Iran has rejected the US charges of being the driving force behind the actions.
The United States continues to blame Iran – apparently new evidence
Even before Trump's tweet, the United States had supported their accusation that Iran was behind the attacks on Saudi Arabia's oil facilities. There is evidence that the missiles came from the west-north-west, and therefore from the direction of Iran – and not from the south from Yemen, an official of the US government said Sunday. Saudi Arabia also pointed out that there are signs that cruise missiles were used in the attacks. 19 points of impact in oil plants were counted. "There is no doubt that Iran is responsible for this, however it happens, there is no escape, there are no other candidates," the government official insisted on the allegations.
Smoke rising over a factory in Saudi Arabia: drone attacks severely damaged oil production facilities. (Source: Reuters)
Pompeo wrote on Twitter on Saturday: "In the midst of requests for downgrading, Iran has now committed an unprecedented attack on the world's energy supply, and there is no evidence that the attacks came from Yemen." Iran had rejected it.
The price of oil should increase significantly
During the attacks, the production facilities were severely damaged. For the moment, according to Saudi officials, the production of 5.7 million barrels (1 barrel = 159 liters) of oil per day will be canceled, equal to five percent of global production. According to one worker, "weeks instead of days" may be needed to reach full capacity again. However, given the high stocks of Saudi Arabia, exports are expected to continue normally.
Experts have estimated that the price of oil could rise from 5 to 10 dollars a barrel on Monday for market opening, which would correspond to a price increase of around 10 to 20 percent.
Droni strikes in Saudi Arabia: this false-colored representation of the Earth observation satellite Sentinel-2, provided by the European Commission, shows the oil refinery of Saudi giant Saudi Aramco. (Source: European Commission / AP / dpa)
US President Donald Trump has now approved the release of oil from US reserves. "Because of the attack on Saudi Arabia, which could have an impact on oil prices," he approved the release from the strategic reserve, if necessary, Trump wrote Sunday on Twitter. To what extent this should happen, it should still be determined.
Ruhani accuses the United States of aggression
Iranian President Hassan Ruhani had rejected US charges that his country was responsible for the attacks. The United States just wanted to divert their allegations that their ally, Saudi Arabia, would constantly raid Yemen and kill people, Ruhani said Sunday. The United States must admit that "its presence in the region creates problems," Ruhani added.
Ruhani said the United States must blame themselves and their policies. "If we want real security in the region, then the American aggression must cease."
The Iranian president spoke just before leaving for Ankara, where he wants to meet with the presidents of Turkey and Russia on Monday. The summit will officially address the situation in Syria. But drone attacks and their impact on the already fragile situation in the region are also likely to be discussed.
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