UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — We are not talking about a war with Iran in the light of an attack on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia, there are many options, US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday.
“There are many options. There is an extreme option and many others that are not so large-scale. Speaking of the extreme option, I mean to start a war. No, this is not an extreme option now,” he told reporters.
Earlier, Iran sent a message to the United States through Switzerland, where he rejected his involvement in the attack, and also assured that he would give an answer if any measures were taken against Iran. At the same time, Trump promised in the next two days to announce new sanctions against the republic.
The largest exporter and one of the three largest oil producers, Saudi Arabia, after the attack on its oil facilities on September 14, reduced production by more than half – by 5.7 million barrels per day from the usual mark of about 9.8 million.
The Saudi Minister of Energy announced on September 17 that, thanks to the use of reserves, oil supplies had already returned to their previous level, and that lost production has so far been restored by half.
Hussite Yemeni rebels against whom the Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia are fighting said the refineries were attacked by fighters of their movement using unmanned aerial vehicles. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said there was no evidence of an attack from Yemen, and blamed Iran for it. Iranian Foreign Ministry called Pompeo’s allegations a lie
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