Washington/Riyadh: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, ‘It makes no difference, even if the Houthi rebels have accepted the responsibility of the attacks on Saudi oil facilities. Iran is the one responsible for the attacks. Such attacks had never been carried out against Saudi previously. Iran has thus declared war by launching the attacks.’ On the other hand, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman emphasised that the attacks on its oil installations were carried out by Iran.
Saudi had voiced strong suspicion of Iran’s involvement in the attacks on the Abqaiq oil facility. However, the Saudi Crown Prince declared that now there was not even an iota of doubt about it anymore. The Saudi Defence Ministry exposed that the attacks originated from Iran, displaying the fragments of the Iranian-made drones, which were used in the attack. The United States had accused Iran of the offences from the beginning. Given the developments, US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, arrived in Saudi.
Pompeo accused the Iranian Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, saying ‘Just because the Houthis from Yemen accepted the responsibility of the attacks, it doesn’t change the fingerprints of the Iranian Supreme Leader as having put at risk the global energy supply.’ ‘The Houthis don’t have the technology to carry out attacks in Saudi’s far east. Also, the attacks did not originate from Iraq, as in that scenario, the missiles would have to traverse through the Kuwaiti airspace,’ Pompeo lambasted as he blamed Iran for the Saudi oil attacks.
A US news channel has released a report which states that the attacks on the Saudi oil infrastructure were carried out under instructions from Ayatollah Khamenei. After the United States, the United Kingdom and Saudi, the French agencies have also accused Iran of being responsible for the Saudi attacks. In the meantime, Saudi produced fragments of the missiles used in the attack, before the international media and warned that Iran was instigating a war.