UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned in an interview with CNN on Thursday that an attack by the United States or Saudi Arabia on Tehran would lead to “total war.”
When asked about the repercussions of a US or Saudi military strike on Iran, Zarif only responded to “total war.”
“We don’t want war, we don’t want to engage in a military confrontation. We consider an armed conflict based on hoax to be terrible. But we will not hesitate to defend our land.”
Zarif denounced in a tweet on Thursday the “instigation” orchestrated against the backdrop of recent attacks on two oil facilities in Saudi Arabia in order to prepare world public opinion for a war on Iran.
Zarif wrote in response to remarks made by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday in Saudi Arabia, “” war action “or incitement with the aim of (waging) war.
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 told CNN on Thursday it was “fabricated”.
“They want to blame Iran for something, so I say it is incitement to war. Because it’s based on lies and deception.”
Zarif on Twitter 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.”
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, which has led a military alliance in Yemen since 2015 against Houthi rebels.
US President Donald Trump hinted on Wednesday that he did not rule out any “option” against Iran after the attacks.
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