The United States of America has hinted that it is ready to launch an assault on Iran over its alleged attack on two oil facilities in the Abqaiq and Khurais areas of Saudi Arabia.
On Sunday, Washington accused Tehran of carrying out the devastating drone attacks on the world’s biggest oil-producing facilities in Saudi Arabia.
In a post on his official Twitter handle, US President Donald Trump said “there is reason to believe” that the White House knows the culprit of the attack, and that the military is “locked and loaded” to take action.
He said the US is “waiting to hear” from Riyadh “as to who they believe was the cause of this attack, and under what terms we would proceed.”
However, Iran on Monday dismissed the US allegations as “unacceptable” and “baseless”, according to state television.
Earlier, Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi also said that the US allegations over the pre-dawn attack on Abqaiq and Khurais in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province were meant to justify “actions” against Iran.
“Such remarks … are more like plotting by intelligence and secret organisations to damage the reputation of a country and create a framework for future actions,” said Mousavi.
Yemen’s Houthi rebels had claimed responsibility for the attacks on two oil facilities in the oil rich country vowing to widen their range of targets in the oil rich country.
The drone attacks by the Houthi rebels caused major fires at the two major facilities run by Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil giant.
While claiming responsibility for the incidents, the Houthis on Saturday said the attacks were carried out by 10 drones.
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