President Donald Trump has announced a major increase in sanctions on Iran after Saudi Arab found attack evidence on two oil facilities. Saudi Defense Ministry reported that the wreckage of drones and cruise missiles showed that Iran was behind the weekend attacks.
The ministry detailed that 18 drones and 7 cruise missiles used to target the twin oil installations in Saudi Arabia. Yemen’s Houthi rebels accepted the responsibility of the attacks but the US accused of the move. Iran has refuted the blames of attacking the world’s largest crude oil processing facility and also threatened to hit back hard against any military action.
The defense ministry reported that debris revealed that the drone and missiles launched from the north direction. Meanwhile, spokesperson Col Turki al-Malki stated that officials are still trying to find the exact launch point.
Col Malki displayed a delta wing of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) of Iran along with debris as attack evidence. He said that UAV data has recovered and it belongs to Iran. Around 18 UAVs hit the Abqaiq oil facility while 7 cruise missiles targeted both oil facilities. He claimed that precision impact of cruise missiles at Khurais showed developed ‘capability afar from proxy’s capacity by Iran’. Col Malki called the Saudi oil attacks ‘an assault on the international community’.
President Donald Trump had instructed to implement a significant increase in Iranian sanctions following the weekend attacks. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit Saudi Arabia to meet Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to talk over the strategy.
President Hassan Rouhani stated that the US wanted to put maximum pressure on us; we don’t want to create panic in the region. He also accused the US and its Gulf allies of the Yemen war.
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