President Trump has apparently pointed the finger at Iran for the fiery oil field attacks, however, he says he would prefer to “avoid” war with Iran.
Trump said it’s “looking like” Iran was responsible for this past weekend’s attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil supply.
“Well, it’s looking that way,” the president told reporters at the White House when asked if Iran was responsible. “We’ll let you know definitively.” He added, “That’s being checked out right now.’
Iran has denied involvement in the attacks, which came as tensions rise over Tehran’s unraveling nuclear deal with world powers.
While the President talked-up America’s military might, and tweeted about being “Locked and Loaded,” after the drone attacks, he said that the U.S. would not look at retaliatory options until he personally had “definitive proof” Iran was responsible.
During a meeting with Bahrain’s Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa, Trump talked up the United States’ weapons systems, including fighter jets and missiles. He said the U.S. “is more prepared” for conflict than any country in history.
“With all that being said, we’d certainly like to avoid it,” he said of a conflict. Adding, “I don’t want war with anybody.”
Drone Attacks Set Saudi Refineries and Oil Fields Ablaze
Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels said they launched drone attacks on the world’s largest oil processing facility in Saudi Arabia and a major oil field Saturday, sparking huge fires and halting about half of the supplies from the world’s largest exporter of oil.
The attacks marked the latest of many drone assaults on the kingdom’s oil infrastructure in recent weeks, but easily the most damaging. They raised concerns about the global oil supply and could further escalate tensions across the Persian Gulf amid a growing crisis between the U.S. and Iran over the troubled nuclear deal.
The fires led to the interruption of an estimated 5.7 million barrels in crude supplies, as Saudi officials said part of that would be offset with stockpiles. Saudi Aramco, the state-owned oil giant, planned to provide updated information in the coming days.
According to reporting by Fox News, Defense Secretary Mark Esper attended an emergency National Security Council meeting on Sunday at the White House along with Vice President Pence, where military options were discussed.
On Monday, Esper said that he has spoken with the Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Mohammad bin Salman, and Iraqi Minister of Defense al-Shammary about the recent attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities.
“The United States military, with our interagency team, is working with our partners to address this unprecedented attack and defend the international rules-based order that is being undermined by Iran,” Esper said.