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We’re Ready For “Full-Fledged” War: Iran Responds To US Accusation It Launched Saudi Oil Attack

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After the United States was quick to point the finger at Iran for the early Saturday explosions that rocked Abqaiq facility and the Khurais field — forcing production to be shut and with it 5.7 million barrels a day of oil production lost — Iran has warned it stands ready for a “full-fledged” war.

Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi slammed Washington for a “maximum pressure” strategy that has turned to “maximum lies,” saying that because of the former’s “failure [the US] is leaning toward maximum lies”. FM Javad Zarif also said these were a continuation of efforts to pressure and shame into compliance under US hegemony.

Screengrab from video showing fires raging at Abqaiq facility on Saturday.

Iran denied the accusations, which followed photos circulating online which appeared to show cruise missile debris scattered in the Saudi desert outside the incapacitated oil facilities. Yemen’s Houthi forces had claimed responsibility, saying it deployed ten drones in the successful targeting of the facilities.

And separately an IRGC commander is reported to have reaffirmed that American military bases and aircraft carriers are crucially up to 2,000km around Iran and thus “within range” of Iranian missiles.

The senior commander, Amirali Hajizadeh, said his country stands ready for a “full-fledged” war but he stopped short of directly mentioning the attacks. As quoted in regional and state media:

On Sunday, the commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Aerospace Force, Amir Ali Hajizadeh, was quoted by the semi-official Tasnim news agency as saying: “Everybody should know that all American bases and their aircraft carriers in a distance of up to 2,000 kilometers around Iran are within the range of our missiles,” according to Reuters.

“Iran has always been ready for a ‘full-fledged’ war,” Hajizadeh added, without directly mentioning the attacks in Saudi Arabia.

Photos of parts resembling pieces of cruise missiles seen outside attacked Saudi oil facility have been circulating, with a number of analysts saying it’s ‘proof’ Iran was behind it.

Soon after the raging fires at the key oil facilities grabbed headlines early Saturday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Iran was likely behind the “unprecedented” attack, writing on Twitter: “Tehran is behind nearly 100 attacks on Saudi Arabia while [Iran’s president and foreign minister] Rouhani and Zarif pretend to engage in diplomacy.”

“Amid all the calls for de-escalation, Iran has now launched an unprecedented attack on the world’s energy supply,” he added.

He asserted, but without offering evidence, “there is no evidence the attacks came from Yemen.”

Iranian FM Zarif hit back, pointing to the American military’s deep involvement in Yemen: “US & its clients are stuck in Yemen because of illusion that weapon superiority will lead to military victory,” he said “Blaming Iran won’t end disaster. Accepting our April ’15 proposal to end war & begin talks may.”

Despite Saudi officials and media claiming just hours after the attacks that fires were “under control” widely circulating photographs appeared to show the opposite:

In spite of the Houthis claiming responsibility, a US-Saudi led investigation is apparently already focused on pinning blame on Tehran for a direct missile attack.

An investigation is also reportedly focused on questions over whether Iranian proxies may have launched missiles from Iraqi soil, as a WSJ report details, citing the US investigation underway:

Saudi and American officials are investigating the possibility that attacks on Saudi oil facilities Saturday involved cruise missiles launched from Iraq or Iran, questioning Yemeni rebel claims of responsibility, people familiar with the matter said.

Meanwhile, the world waits for a potential shock in energy prices as markets open at the start of this week.

via zerohedge

13 COMMENTS

  1. Our rears are hanging out there and Iran is truthful in that they won’t hesitate to attack our assets. Make no mistake. Iran can hurt us but we can send them back to the stone age. That would immediately cut China off from petroleum, and in a war Saudi Arabia might be so damaged that production could be reduced form the present 5% to 75%. That would make our 1973 oil embargo look insignificant. The problem with America is, we haven’t properly developed our oil resources and transportation–pipelines, so we are at their mercy. Get ready for some interesting times, and in the next two weeks.

    • Your information is a bit out of date. With fracking, the United States is now pretty much energy independent. It is Europe that is “at the mercy” of the Middle East. With Middle Eastern oil production significantly reduced that would mean they (Europe) would have to get their oil from another source (like Russia). Given that Iran is the biggest state sponsor of terrorist organizations in the world (funds given to Hamas and Hezbollah) I would absolutely believe they are behind the attack. The Shia fanatics in Iran WANT a global jihadist world conflict as that fits into their religious beliefs that global conflict will usher in the coming of the “12th Imam”. Since they want war, this is why they ABSOLUTELY cannot be allowed to have nuclear weapons with delivery capabilities that work. That will be WW-III (and I’m not expecting the 12th Imam to show up any time soon).

  2. Think about it — why would Iran, or the Houthis in Yemen, attack Saudi oil facilities? Could it be because the Saudis have been brutally attacking the Houthis for years (with US support)? The chain of wrongdoing goes back and back. There are no “good guys” in this Middle East scenario. The best hope is to keep trying to bring together a peace settlement that will benefit all of the countries and lead to a fresh start.

  3. I find it impossible to believe, with the satellite systems and our watching the muzzies, that the US doesn’t know exactly where the drones or missiles are coming from.

  4. Saudis have money, let them build their own army!
    Let them defend themselves.
    Saudis have been no saints, rumor has it they funded 9/11 attack!

    Personally I think it was a inside job via Saudis. They can’t stand crude is $50 a barrel and that they can’t get price over $75 a barrel. Anything over $75 a barrel funds terrorism and is gravy $$$.

    Notice ships were hijacked and the threat if oil prices to increase and they did not!

    America is self sufficient on our own private drilling so we don’t need saudis oil- and their freaking out and they manipulated prices for years and it’s not working anymore.

    So what better way to increase crude prices, create a war and play victim but get rich in process.

  5. dont be surprised if the usa has something to do with this the dems want war so badly they would fund anything to make trump look bad. were almost oil independent should not affect our prices at all we started this by removing sadam Hussein they knew it would destabilize the middles east but did it any way that was young bush thanks to them thats why were here today .besides war is good for the economy makes jobs

  6. It is about time to play cowboys and muslims with Iran. I am sick of their terrorism and the funding of terrorism. The playing big shot and trying to block open seaways. Developing nuclear weapons. Time to burn them down.

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