Saudi says Iranian sponsorship of attack undeniable, displays arms

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Saudi says Iranian sponsorship of attack undeniable, displays arms

Both Riyadh and Washington insist Iran had a hand in the strikes, but the Islamic Republic has denied all involvement.

Production capacity would reach 11 million bpd by the end of September and 12 million bpd by the end of November, the kingdom's production capacity before the attacks, he said.

As Shiite jihadists, the Houthis are closely tied to Iran and its terrorist proxy, Hezbollah, for which it has engaged in fundraising activities.

This image provided on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, by the US government and DigitalGlobe and annotated by the source, shows damage to the infrastructure at Saudi Aramco's Khurais oil field in Buqyaq, Saudi Arabia.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had suggested that the attack was an act of self-defence.

Rouhani said Yemenis "did not hit hospitals, they did not hit schools or the Sanaa bazaar", referring to the Saudi-led coalition's widely criticized airstrikes on civilian targets.

"If the U.S. backs off from its call, repents, and returns to the nuclear treaty it has breached, then it will be able to join the gathering of the parties to the deal (JCPOA) who hold meetings and talk with Iran, otherwise no negotiations will take place between the officials of the Islamic Republic and the Americans at any level, not in NY and not anywhere else", Ayatollah Khamenei stressed.

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He clearly defined the "enemies" as the United States, Europe, the Sunni states, and Israel.

Meanwhile, the state-run Saudi Press Agency carried a statement Wednesday saying the kingdom had joined a USA -led naval coalition to secure the Mideast's waterways.

Rouhani says Iran-aligned Houthis had attacked Saudi oil facilities at the weekend as a "warning". Using these non-state actors, one state, Iran, might have affected the global price of oil and the policies of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries.

The scope of any new sanctions was not immediately made clear.

After the announcement, Brent crude slid down as fast as it had risen close to $70, for a short while even topping the mark.

"Despite lack of equipment, Yemen has smart people".

"They attacked an industrial center to warn you".

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France is also to send experts in response to a request from Saudi Arabia's crown prince.

Iran, whether or not it was responsible for the attacks, has benefitted nonetheless: the vulnerability of Saudi Arabia's infrastructure and potential for disruption has been demonstrated, amplified through the global energy markets. A clash has occurred between two countries.

Authorities were still working to determine the exact launch point, Mr Malki said, repeatedly declining to answer reporters' questions about whether Iran carried out the attack.

But a senior United States administration official cast doubt on that claim, saying that while the Houthis said they used 10 drones, one Saudi oil facility was hit "at least 17 times", and another twice by "precision-guided munitions".

Relations between the United States and Iran have deteriorated since U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear accord a year ago and reimposed sanctions on its oil exports.

By stopping short of saying the missiles were launched from Iran, the kingdom potentially avoids a response that could lead to war among the heavyweight countries of the region and worldwide superpower, the United States.

But Tehran again denied involvement in Saturday's attacks on oil plants, including the world's biggest crude processing facility, that initially knocked out half of Saudi production.

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