UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — The Pentagon said on Thursday there was “no evidence of Houthi involvement in recent attacks on Saudi Aramco.”
“Iran is somehow responsible for the attacks on Aramco,” the Pentagon spokesman was quoted as saying.
He stressed that “the Department offers options to US President Donald Trump with regard to Iran.”
“We have the strength to deter any attack from Iran.”
He stressed “the importance of Iran to stop its malicious activities in the region.”
He explained that “his country is assessing the situation now, and no adjustments to the status of our troops in the Gulf.”
On Afghanistan, the spokesman pointed out that “working with partners in Afghanistan will continue and there are no orders to reduce the number of our troops there.”
Commenting on the forces in the Gulf, the US State Department said, “We assess the situation now, and no adjustments to the status of our troops in the Gulf.”
Saudi Aramco is the world’s largest oil company, producing an average of 10 million barrels of crude oil per day.
On Saturday morning, Riyadh announced the control of two fires in two facilities belonging to the company “Aramco”, east of the Kingdom, as a result of being targeted by drones.
The Houthi group claimed responsibility for the attack and said it targeted two oil refineries with 10 drones.
But Saudi Arabia did not say who was responsible for the targeting, in a rare position, where it has traditionally accused the Houthis and Iran of supporting them, amid repeated denials from Tehran.
Riyadh said it was investigating the attack, which led to the loss of about half of its oil production.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday accused Iran of being behind the attack in return for Tehran’s denial.
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