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Top Iranian officials warned they would respond to an attack with "all-out war".

Elaborating on Trump's remarks, the Treasury Department said it was authorizing sanctions on the central bank not only over Iran's alleged nuclear work but for "terrorism".

The extent of the damage caused by airstrikes at two major Saudi oil facilities was revealed on Friday.

The U.S. and the Saudis blamed the September 14 attack on Iran, which backs the Houthi rebels fighting a Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen. The missiles and drones used resembled Iranian-made weapons, although analysts say more study is needed to definitively link them to Iran.

A Saudi-led coalition has battled the Houthis since March 2015 in a bloody and stalemated war.

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Before leaving for NY to attend the UN General Assembly, Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif continued his war of words with the USA and its allies on Friday.

Kuwait has raised the security alert level at all of its ports, including the oil terminals, the state-run KUNA news agency reported on Friday, citing Trade and Industry Minister Khaled Al-Roudhan.

Aramco took reporters for a first look inside the facilities, where equipment was scorched and ruptured by the assault on Saturday.

Pompeo and Vice President Mike Pence have condemned the attack on Saudi oil facilities as "an act of war".

The Khurais field has a maximum output capacity of 1.45 million barrels a day and processes all of its oil on site, according to Al Abdulkareem.

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Officials said 110 contractors evacuated the site after the attack, but there were no injuries. The oil field was back online within 24 hours of the attack, they said.

An oil stabilization tower could be seen to be damaged by the attack, standing charred in the heat of Friday afternoon in the Saudi desert.

The attack punched holes in giant metal onion-shaped structures that help separate gas from crude oil.

The Abqaiq facility processes sour crude oil into sweet crude, then transports it onto transshipment points on the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea or to refineries for local production.

Abqaiq's throughput before the attack was about 4.9 million barrels a day, and on Tuesday Aramco Chief Executive Officer Amin Nasser said it was processing about 2 million a day.

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One likely move would be for the United States to provide additional military support to help Saudi Arabia defend itself from attacks from the north, since most of its defences have focused on threats from Houthis in Yemen to the south.

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