UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — The White House is working to form an international coalition to put pressure on Iran through the United Nations, as the main response to the attack on Saudi oil facilities. This approach reflects Donald Trump’s desire to be reelected in 2020, according to the Wall Street Journal.
During high-level week of the UN General Assembly, the White House proposes to gather an international coalition to put pressure on Iran by invoking its involvement in the attack on Saudi oil facilities, reports the Wall Street Journal by referring to sources within the US administration.
According to them, Donald Trump opposes a direct military intervention, but would be willing to give support to Saudi Arabia if an attack on Iranian interests occurred from the territory of the kingdom.
Preferred option by Washington
The WSJ reports that according to many officials, the option preferred by the US administration remains a coordinated international response through the UN, which will meet next week for its General Assembly in New York and where MM. Trump and Pompeo should make an appearance.
The media said the scenario reflects Donald Trump’s chances of re-election in 2020, which could increase or decrease due to the strength of the US economy. Although the United States is immune to oil supply shocks as it is now largely self-sufficient in energy, the global economy remains a potential drag on US growth, and Saturday’s attacks have led to a sharp rise oil prices. Any escalation into a military conflict could thus raise prices over a longer period.
On September 16, the Washington Post announced with US officials that the Trump administration was considering a “serious military response” to attacks on Saudi Aramco’s sites.
Attack of drones
Yemeni Houthi drones on Saturday (September 14th) targeted two strategic installations of the oil company Aramco, more than a thousand kilometers from Sanaa, the capital of Yemen controlled for five years by the Houthis.
According to the Minister of Energy, Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, quoted Saturday by the Saudi Press Agency, 5.7 million barrels a day are involved in the partial interruption, or nearly half of Saudi production, or 5 % of the world’s daily oil trade.
The United States blamed the attacks on Iran, which the Islamic Republic has denied, denouncing “senseless” accusations.
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