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Sky News reports Iran has dismissed US accusations it was behind drone attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil plants, and warned it is ready for a “full-fledged” war.
Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said Washington had adopted a “maximum pressure” strategy against Iran, but because of “it’s failure [the US] is leaning toward maximum lies”.
His remarks came as a senior commander in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said America’s military bases and aircraft carriers, which are stationed up to 1,243 miles around Iran, were within range of Iranian missiles.
Amirali Hajizadeh was also quoted by the Tasnim news agency as saying that Iran has always been ready for a “full-fledged” war, without mentioning Saturday’s explosions in Saudi Arabia.
Saturday’s drone attacks – which Yemen’s Iranian-backed Houthi rebels have claimed they carried out – have halted around half of Saudi oil supplies after hitting the kingdom’s biggest oil processing facility and a major oil field.
They set off huge fires, leading to a suspension of production operations at the Abqaiq facility and the Khurais field, some 205 miles north-east of the Saudi capital, Riyadh.
US President Donald Trump called Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman following the attack, expressing US support for the kingdom’s security and stability.
Per USAToday, Iran on Sunday denied involvement in high-stakes military strikes on key Saudi Arabian oil facilities and derided “maximum deceit” by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who blamed Iran for the attacks.
Yemen’s Iranian-backed Houthi rebels said they launched drones Saturday that struck the world’s largest oil processing facility and a major oil field. The installations, operated by state-owned Saudi Aramco, produce up to 70% of the country’s crude oil output.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said the U.S. “maximum pressure” strategy has devolved to a “maximum lie” against Iran. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif accused Pompeo of “maximum deceit.”
“U.S. & its clients are stuck in Yemen because of illusion that weapon superiority will lead to military victory,” Zarif tweeted. “Blaming Iran won’t end disaster. Accepting our … proposal to end war & begin talks may.”
Pompeo said the Iranian government was behind nearly 100 attacks on Saudi Arabia while Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Zarif “pretend” to engage in diplomacy. Pompeo said there was no evidence the attacks came from Yemen, but did not provide proof the attacks came from Iran.
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