Iran warns against war as US and Saudi weigh response to oil attack
Iranian foreign minister Mohammed Javad Zarif on Thursday warned the US that his country “won’t blink” if Washington or Riyadh decides to launch a military strike in retaliation for the recent drone attacks that disrupted about half of Saudi Arabia’s oil capacity. Such a an attack would result in “all-out war,” the official stated. Both Washington and Riyadh are accusing Iran of carrying out the attack, which was claimed by Yemen’s Houthi rebels, but Tehran is denying any involvement.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has described the attack as an act of war and is currently in the Middle East to discuss a joint response strategy with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf allies. US President Donald Trump has announced new sanctions on Tehran and mentioned alternatives to war. Analysts are suggesting that Trump may order the Pentagon to carry out a cyberattack instead of a military strike.