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Saudi Arabia to wait for investigation before responding to attacks - minister

By Stephen Kalin

 

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FILE PHOTO - Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir speaks at a briefing with reporters in London, Britain June 20, 2019. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

 

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia will wait for the results of an investigation before responding to last weekend's attack on its oil facilities, for which it believes Iran is responsible, a senior official said on Saturday.

 

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir told reporters that the probe, which Riyadh has invited international investigators to join, would prove that the Sept. 14 strikes came from the north.

 

"It was done with Iranian weapons, therefore we hold Iran accountable for this attack..." Jubeir told a news conference, declining to speculate about specific actions. "The kingdom will take the appropriate measures based on the results of the investigation, to ensure its security and stability."

 

Riyadh has rejected a claim by Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi movement that it carried out the strikes on two oil plants that initially halved Saudi production, the largest-ever assault on oil facilities in the world's top oil exporter.

 

"We are certain that the launch did not come from Yemen, it came from the north," Jubeir said. "The investigations will prove that."

 

The kingdom has already said the investigation so far shows that Iranian weapons were used and the attack originated from the north, and that it was working to pinpoint the exact launch location.

 

It sees the strikes on its Khurais and Abqaiq facilities as a test of global will to preserve international order and will likely make its case at the United Nations General Assembly in New York next week.

 

Saudi Arabia is consulting with its allies to "take the necessary steps", Jubeir said, urging the world to take a stand.

 

"The kingdom calls upon the international community to assume its responsibility in condemning those that stand behind this act, and to take a firm and clear position against this reckless behaviour that threatens the global economy," he said.

 

"The Iranian position is to try to divide the world and in that it is not succeeding."

 

The United States this week imposed more sanctions on Iran and approved sending American troops to bolster Saudi air and missile defences, which failed to thwart the Sept. 14 attacks. The deployment could further aggravate Iran, which has responded to previous U.S. troop deployments this year with apprehension.

 

Asked about the deployment, Jubeir said: "...The challenges that we're facing now call for enhancing security cooperation between the kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its allies and partners..."

 

(Reporting by Stephen Kalin in Riyadh; Additional reporting by Maher Chmaytelli in Dubai; Writing by Ghaida Ghantous; Editing by Ros Russell)

 

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I think Iran's unknown capability is all that's keeping a lid on things right now as soon as the impending losses are assessed and minimized Iran will get its long overdue war 🤔    

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Iran will be in a very bad position should they will go to war, with their economy in the crapper and their currency been heavily devalued the last thing they want is war, but pride an loss of honor and face sent many nations and armies to war over the centuries and it's remain to see whether Iran is will to sacrifice hundred of thousands of it's soldiers and population so they keep their pride on...

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1 hour ago, sammieuk1 said:

I think Iran's unknown capability is all that's keeping a lid on things right now as soon as the impending losses are assessed and minimized Iran will get its long overdue war 🤔    

And exactly who is going to invade Iran? And if you mean just a bombing war, what do you think the results will be for the price of oil? 

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22 minutes ago, bristolboy said:

And exactly who is going to invade Iran? And if you mean just a bombing war, what do you think the results will be for the price of oil? 

Exactly no one will be invading at least at the start then a free for all when the bombs and drones have done their work and it wont take a genius to figure out where oil prices will go🤔

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55 minutes ago, ezzra said:

Iran will be in a very bad position should they will go to war, with their economy in the crapper and their currency been heavily devalued the last thing they want is war, but pride an loss of honor and face sent many nations and armies to war over the centuries and it's remain to see whether Iran is will to sacrifice hundred of thousands of it's soldiers and population so they keep their pride on...

And exactly who is going to be invading Iran?

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2 hours ago, ezzra said:

Iran will be in a very bad position should they will go to war, with their economy in the crapper and their currency been heavily devalued the last thing they want is war, but pride an loss of honor and face sent many nations and armies to war over the centuries and it's remain to see whether Iran is will to sacrifice hundred of thousands of it's soldiers and population so they keep their pride on...

 

I agree. But they are fanatically proud and prepared to do anything.

 

They're hope is that other "friendly' nations will support them or even join them. They recently carried out military exercises with Russia and Turkey so we know who their friends are!

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27 minutes ago, Morch said:

More like Saudi Arabia can't take on Iran solo, and the Trump administration commitment or appetite for involvement being doubtful. There is no conceivable way Saudi Arabia could effectively respond to the attack, even if it dared to openly charge Iran as being directly responsible.

 

They can't do squat, hence waffling.

 

 

 

 

 

Having lived and worked in KSA for a while, I think you're spot on!

 

They have a military and their much vaunted National Guards. Heavily armed. But couldn't organize anything!

 

Look how easily their ADS was penetrated. 

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1 minute ago, Baerboxer said:

 

Having lived and worked in KSA for a while, I think you're spot on!

 

They have a military and their much vaunted National Guards. Heavily armed. But couldn't organize anything!

 

Look how easily their ADS was penetrated. 

 

They can't handle the Houthis, so taking on Iran seems like a tall order.

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5 minutes ago, Baerboxer said:

 

I agree. But they are fanatically proud and prepared to do anything.

 

They're hope is that other "friendly' nations will support them or even join them. They recently carried out military exercises with Russia and Turkey so we know who their friends are!

 

I seriously doubt either Russia or Turkey will get militarily involved in any potential fighting. I'll even go an extra mile, and expect Russia will not provide Iran with military hardware under such conditions.

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29 minutes ago, Baerboxer said:

 

I agree. But they are fanatically proud and prepared to do anything.

 

They're hope is that other "friendly' nations will support them or even join them. They recently carried out military exercises with Russia and Turkey so we know who their friends are!

No way Russia or even Turkey will turn weapons on Israel, Iran is a pariah nation in this world known for it's staunch support and a facilitator of terror all over the world, , and if it wasn't for their oil Iran would have been insignificantly viewed as just another large country and nothing more on the other hand no one really want to tangle with them either, except Israel that is if and when push comes to shoves...

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