Trump says United States response to oil attack depends on Saudi Arabia's assessment

Andrew Cummings
September 17, 2019

Prices of petroleum products are likely to go up by up to Rs12 in coming days owing to an increase in the worldwide market following an attack on Saudi Arabia's energy giant Aramco last week, slashing the Arab kingdom's oil production by half.

The U.S. alleges the pattern of destruction suggested Saturday's attack did not come from neighbouring Yemen, as claimed by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels there.

In retaliation for the United States "maximum pressure" policy, Iran has gradually scaled backed its commitments to the pact and plans to further breach it if the European parties fail to keep their promises to shield Iran's economy from USA penalties.

Later on September 16, Trump said it "certainly would look" like Iran was behind the attacks, adding that "the United States is more prepared" for conflict but he would like to avoid a war with Iran, according to a White House pool report.

US President Donald Trump said the White House believes it knows the culprit of the strikes, and the US military is "locked and loaded" to take action.

United States Defense Secretary Mike Esper said Monday that the USA military is preparing a response to the attack on major Saudi Arabia oil facilities.

Following the largest ever-disruption of crude production in Saudi Arabia amid drone attacks on its key facilities, prices of petrol and diesel in India may shoot up by Rs 5 to 6 a litre in next fortnight, experts said on Monday. In one of a salvo of morning tweets on a wide range of topics, Trump noted that Iran had lied in the past about its military operations.

Iran and the United States are continuing to grow, with missiles hitting major Saudi oil facilities sparking the latest tensions.

Back in November, Trump defended Saudi Arabia in regards to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Iran subsequently attempted to shoot down a US drone arriving at the scene of the attacks, according to a Fox News report that cited a senior USA official.

But U.S. sanctions have had a profound impact on Iran's economy, with a devalued currency, high inflation and nearly no oil exports.

"The investigation is continuing and all indications are that weapons used in both attacks came from Iran", Col Turki al-Maliki told reporters in Riyadh, according to the French press agency, AFP.

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