Published: Thu, September 19, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Saudi Oil Facility Attack: What We Know

Saudi Oil Facility Attack: What We Know

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the two oil refinery attacks by armed drones that occurred in Saudi Arabia were "an Iranian attack" that amounts to "an act of war".

Iran sent a note to the USA via Swiss diplomats in Tehran earlier in the week, reiterating that Tehran denies being involved in the Saudi attack, the country's state-run IRNA news agency reported. Pompeo will later travel to the United Arab Emirates tomorrow to meet with Abu Dhabi's powerful crown prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

He dismissed Houthi claims of finishing up the assaults and acknowledged: "Despite Iran's efforts to make it appear so they did not originate from Yemen".

When Lindsey Graham annoys his ally in the Oval Office: "President Trump engaged in a long-distance debate over Iran with one of his closest allies on Tuesday as Republicans sought to influence the administration's response to the attacks on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia over the weekend".

Observers say the Saudi experience in Yemen, where despite their vast firepower they have failed to subdue the ragtag but highly motivated militia, has made Riyadh circumspect about wading into another conflict.

A leap in gas prices because of an attack on a Saudi oil refinery is expected to be temporary, a petroleum expert said Wednesday.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told CNN on September 19 that the result of any USA or Saudi military strike against his country would result in "all-out war".

Trump's administration is considering responses including a cyber attack or a physical strike on Iranian oil infrastructure or its Revolutionary Guards, NBC News reported, citing unnamed USA officials.

The 2015 Obama-era deal was originally agreed upon by Iran, China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the U.S.

Referring to recovered items of cruise missile and drones used within the oil strikes, he mentioned round 18 drones and 7 cruise missiles have been fired on the two key oil manufacturing installations from a course that might not have been doable if it was sacked from Yemen.

The U.S. and Saudi Arabia suspect Iran was behind Saturday's attack on the world's largest oil processing facility and a major oil field.

Earlier this week, armed drones carried out several attacks on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia, hitting the factories of Saudi Aramco, the largest oil producer in the world.

US officials said experts have examined pieces of the wreckage on the ground, identified the specific type of cruise missiles and drones fired on Saturday and determined they were made in Iran.

Damage to the infrastructure at Saudi Aramco's Abaqaiq oil processing facility in Buqyaq, Saudi Arabia, on September 15, 2019. Gen. Amir Hatami inspecting a production line to produce Iran's Mohajer 6 drone, in Tehran, February 5, 2018.

Trump said "if it was up to me I'd let them come". But as tensions have risen, the USA has put increasing restrictions on Iranians like Zarif.

"Iranian officials, at any level, will never talk to American officials", Khamenei said, adding that Trump's attempt to link Iran to the drone attacks was "part of their policy to put pressure on Iran". Saying the Houthis were responsible for the drone strikes, he said: "They attacked an industrial center to warn you". Tehran has said its delegation could call off a trip to NY if the USA does not issue visas for his delegation "in the next few hours", Iran's state-run ISNA news reported Wednesday afternoon. "There is reason to believe that we know the culprit, are locked and loaded depending on verification", Trump threatened, only to immediately raise doubts about his intentions by continuing, "but are waiting to hear from the Kingdom as to who they believe was the cause of this attack, and under what terms we would proceed!" National Security Council officials declined to comment.

The war in the country has pitted a Saudi-led coalition against Iran-backed Houthi rebels.

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