United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo calls out Iran amid recent drone strikes on the world’s number one oil supply in Saudi Arabia; Drone strikes caused the Saudi oil output to be cut in half; Pompeo: Tehran is behind nearly 100 attacks on Saudi Arabia while Rouhani and Zarif pretend to engage in diplomacy.
On Saturday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo directly accused Iran for being the source of the alleged drone strikes that took place in Saudi Arabia early in the weekend. These strikes targeted an oil production facility that happens to be the largest in the world, causing fires to break out that led to their oil output being cut in half. Reports now indicate that the US and Saudi Arabia are investigating as to exactly where the attack(s) came from with all signs pointing to Iran or Iraq. Iran has their arm stretched well into Iraq.
Initial reports indicated that Iranian-backed terrorists out of Yemen were responsible for the attack, but evidence, or lack thereof, is now suggesting Iran is directly responsible, according to Pompeo, who said, “Tehran is behind nearly 100 attacks on Saudi Arabia while Rouhani and Zarif pretend to engage in diplomacy. Amid all the calls for de-escalation, Iran has now launched an unprecedented attack on the world’s energy supply. There is no evidence the attacks came from Yemen.” Additionally, Pompeo vowed that the United States would be working with their allies in order to respond accordingly to Iran’s aggression.
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi rejected the claims of Pompeo, calling them “pointless”, while an Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander said that they’re prepared for a “full-fledged” war.
Iran has been escalating their aggression ever since the US withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and implemented devastating sanctions. With the Israeli elections this week and the United States presidential election just a year away, Iran would love nothing more than to draw the US and its allies into a conflict, lessening the chances of reelection for two key world leaders-Benjamin Netanyahu & Donald Trump.