Iran accuses parties of “deceiving” US President “to drag him into war”

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Thursday denounced an “unrest” orchestrated by recent attacks on two oil facilities in Saudi Arabia to prepare world public opinion for a war on Iran.

Zarif wrote on his Twitter account “war action” or “disturbance with the aim of waging war,” referring to remarks made by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday in Saudi Arabia.

During his visit to Jeddah, Pompeo described Saturday’s attack on two major oil facilities in the kingdom as “war action” and attributed it to Iran again.

Riyadh, for its part, said the attack, carried out by drones and adopted by the Houthi rebels in Yemen, took place “with unquestionable support from Iran.”

Zarif accused Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and his UAE counterpart Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, without naming them and others, of seeking to “deceive (US President Donald Trump) to drag him into war.”

“For their sake, it’s good to pray so that they don’t get what they seek,” Zarif said.

Zarif said the Saudis were “paying” the price of their participation in the Yemen war, where since 2015 Riyadh has launched an air campaign at the head of a military alliance in support of the government of Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi against the Houthi-backed Tehran.

Since Sunday, Iran has rejected accusations by the United States and Saudi Arabia that it was responsible for attacks on two Saudi Aramco oil facilities.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that the Yemeni attack in Saudi Arabia was a “warning” to the kingdom.

US President Donald Trump hinted on Wednesday that he did not rule out any “option” against Iran after the attacks.


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