UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has warned President Donald Trump against military strikes on Iran in response to Aramco’s attack, believing Washington is not responsible for protecting Saudi Arabia.
In an interview with the US National Public Radio, Democrat Pelosi, on Friday, responded to a question whether Washington should put military options against Iran on the table, after the attack on two Saudi Aramco plants two weeks ago. “I don’t think we have any responsibility to protect and defend Saudi Arabia. Is there any agreement that provides for that?”
Trump is not authorized to wage war on Iran in response to Aramco’s attack without congressional approval, she said, adding that presidential powers would allow such decisions to be made without consulting with lawmakers when the United States is attacked from abroad, not Saudi Arabia.
In a clear reference to the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul in October last year, she said: “They are sitting (the Trump administration) with someone who cut off a journalist and dissolved his remains in chemicals. (Trump) is sitting with a suspect led by I see no responsibility to protect and defend Saudi Arabia. ”
This comes amid US media reports that the CIA has concluded that the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, is involved and may have personally ordered the assassination of Khashoggi.
At the same time, Pelosi expressed her conviction that Trump is not seeking war on Iran, referring to the president’s criticism of the invasion of Iraq, which she called the speaker of the House of Representatives “the biggest mistake in the history of the United States.”
Saudi Arabia and the United States have blamed Iran for the attack on Aramco, claimed by the Yemeni Houthi group, and Tehran has rejected the accusations.
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