Crude oil prices have begun to stabilize following a report that Saudi Aramco would restore full output in a matter of weeks, reversing a dramatic spike in oil markets caused by drone strikes on Saudi petrol infrastructure. The royal vowed to identify the culprits, however, and hold them responsible. Prices fell after the United States said it would release USA emergency supplies and producers said there were enough global stocks.
The U.S. military also shot down an Iranian drone in July in what it described as an act of self defense. But he added that he would wait to hear from Saudi Arabia about how the kingdom wants to proceed. Iran's allies in Yemen's civil war, the Houthi movement, claimed responsibility for the attacks.
Washington also wants to pressure Tehran to end its support for regional proxy forces, including in Yemen where Saudi forces have been fighting Houthis, who are allegedly backed by Iran, for four years.
Three officials, speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said the attacks involved both cruise missiles and drones, indicating that they involved a higher degree of complexity and sophistication than initially thought.
"US is in denial if it thinks that Yemeni victims of 4.5 yrs of the worst war crimes wouldn't do all to strike back", Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif wrote Tuesday on Twitter. "Ending the war=only solution for all", Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted Tuesday. We're consulting with our allies. "But it is terribly upset when the victims react the only way they can-against the aggressor's OIL refineries", he added.
Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, who was only appointed to the role earlier this month, said that the world's top energy exporter had dipped into its strategic reserves to maintain supply to clients. In fact, the United States should cease to give any help to the Saudi war effort against the Houthis and pressure them to settle the conflict-thus removing future danger to Saudi oil assets.
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said, "We will work with global partners to forge the widest and most effective response", with a statement from his ministry saying the "UK remains committed to supporting the security of Saudi Arabia".
The JCPOA, or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, is most commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal. The wreckage was moved to an area outside Riyadh, Saudi Arabia's capital.
A senior USA official told reporters that evidence from the attack, which hit the world's biggest oil-processing facility, indicated Iran was behind it. Iran has denied this.
Several US Cabinet members, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Energy Secretary Rick Perry, have blamed Tehran for the strikes.
American officials released satellite images of the damage at the heart of the kingdom's Abqaiq processing plant and a key oil field, and two USA officials said the attackers used multiple cruise missiles and drone aircraft.
For months, Iranian officials issued veiled threats, saying that if Teheran were blocked from exporting oil, other countries would not be able to do so either.
Florida Senator Marco Rubio, a Republican, said the alleged incident gave the United States reason to escalate its already aggressive posture toward Tehran. "There is no evidence the attacks came from Yemen".
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Palestinians, however, say there can be no independent state without the area, which comprises almost a quarter of the West Bank. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a press conference in Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019.