The United States is taking Saturday's drone attacks against oil facilities in Saudi Arabia seriously, resulting in a halving of its production, which is strategic for the global economy.
"Saudi Arabia's oil supply has been attacked. There are reasons to believe that we know the culprit, are ready to retaliate based on the verifications, but we are waiting for the (Saudi) Kingdom to tell us who it believes to be the culprit of this attack, and in what form we will have to act ! " , Tweeted Donald Trump, who for the first time alluded to a possible military response.
Saudi Arabia oil supply was attacked. There is reason to believe that we know the culprit, are locked and loaded ... https://t.co/KIcQ6LdQ90- realDonaldTrump (@Donald J. Trump)
In a previous tweet, the US president had "authorized the use of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, if necessary, for a quantity that remains to be defined" .
There is no evidence that this "unprecedented attack on global energy supplies" has come from Yemen, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Saturday, accusing Iran of being behind the attack and assuring that the United States would work to supply the markets.
Tehran ruled the charges "foolish" and "incomprehensible" by Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi, who hinted that they were intended to justify "future actions" against Iran .
Iraq, for its part, denied any connection to the attack after the Wall Street Journal reported that US and Saudi officials were studying the possibility that missiles could have been fired at oil installations from Iraq.Article reserved for our subscribers Read also Oil: Riyadh relaunches the privatization project of Aramco
UN calls for "restraint"
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, whose country is Iran's great regional rival, assured that Riyadh was "willing and able" to respond to this "terrorist aggression" . But James Dorsey, a Middle East expert at Singapore's S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, has estimated unlikely direct retaliation: "The Saudis do not want an open conflict with Iran ... They would like others are fighting for them, but others are reluctant . "
In a telephone conversation between US President Donald Trump and the Crown Prince, the White House condemned attacks on "vital infrastructure for the global economy" . But the White House said Trump still did not exclude the possibility of meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rohani despite accusations against Tehran.
The UN envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, said he was "extremely concerned" by the attacks, also condemned by neighbors of Riyadh (the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Kuwait). Paris expressed its "solidarity" with Riyadh.
Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), meeting in Jeddah, also condemned the attack. It was unclear whether Iran was present at the OIC meeting, originally convened to discuss the plan of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to annex parts of the occupied West Bank.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the attacks and called on all parties to "hold back to prevent escalation," according to his spokesman.