Saudi oil attacks: US say Iran to blame for horror strike and is 'prepared' for conflict.

Iran denies involvement in Saturday's air attacks, which were claimed by Iran-aligned Houthi rebels in Yemen. But unnamed US officials speaking to US and international media say the direction and extent of the attacks cast doubt on Houthi involvement. Following a briefing from his military and intelligence advisers at the White House on Monday, Trump was asked whether Iran was to blame for the attack. He said: “Well, it’s looking that way.

Related articles

  • Iran seizes another oil tanker in Strait of Hormuz in Gulf crisis
  • Iran vs USA: Could Iran build super submarine fleet?

“That’s being checked out right now.”

He said that while he did not want war with Iran, the US was “more prepared” for a military conflict than at any point in its history.

Mr Trump added: “With all that being said, we’d certainly like to avoid it.”

The Houthis have launched attacks on Saudi soil before, including on oil pipelines.

Satellite imagery proves Iran's involvement claims US
Satellite imagery proves Iran's involvement claims US (Image: US Government)
Donald Trump and President Rouhani
Satellite imagery (Image: GETTY)

But this attack was on a much bigger scale, hitting the world's biggest oil-processing plant and another oil field.

The attacks targeted Abqaiq, the site of the world's largest oil processing plant, run by the Saudi state oil company, Aramco, and the Khurais oilfield.

Khurais is the closest of the targets to the Yemen border, but is still a considerable 770km (480 miles) away.

US officials said there were 19 points of impact on the targets, which could have come from a mix of drones and cruise missiles.

JUST IN: Fears of open WAR as US blames Iran for Saudi drone attack

US navy in the gulf
US navy in the gulf (Image: GETTY)

Related articles

  • Iran's war strategy exposed: Tehran 'outthinking Donald Trump'
  • Iran military arsenal in NUMBERS: Could Iran sink US navy?

Trump tweeted: “Remember when Iran shot down a drone, saying knowingly that it was in their “airspace” when, in fact, it was nowhere close.

“They stuck strongly to that story knowing that it was a very big lie.

“Now they say that they had nothing to do with the attack on Saudi Arabia.

“We’ll see?”

DON'T MISS:

Israel on alert: Netanyahu exposes Iran's secret nuclear bomb baseIran crisis: UK fury as freed tanker sells oil to Syria Iran chaos: Tanker ‘sells oil’ to Syria- Tehran risks infuriating West

Oil tankers on fire in the Persian gulf
Oil tankers on fire in the Persian gulf (Image: GETTY)
Iranian missile
Iranian missile (Image: GETTY)

The incident has cut global oil supplies by 5 per cent and prices have soared.

But Trump allayed US consumer fears, and fears throughout world markets that an oil spike in the world biggest economy would affect global consumption.

The US President announced proudly that the US was now basically self sufficient in the hydrocarbon, he congratulated himself with the tweet: “Because we have done so well with Energy over the last few years, thank you, Mr President!

“We are a net Energy Exporter, and now the Number One Energy Producer in the World.

Iran US fact file
Iran US fact file (Image: Express)

“We don’t need Middle Eastern Oil & Gas, and in fact have very few tankers there, but will help our Allies!”

Houthi rebels responsibility for the coordinated strikes on key Saudi Arabian oil facilities that knocked out half of the country's oil capacity, more than 5 million barrels a day.

US officials say the more likely culprit is either Iran or Iraq.

Where the US stands: President Trump tweeted yesterday the US is "locked and loaded depending on verification" for a possible response.

Trending

Now, oil prices are spiking as traders are scrambling to buy oil in the fear that production will be affected by future attacks.

"Tehran is behind nearly 100 attacks on Saudi Arabia while Rouhani and Zarif pretend to engage in diplomacy," Pompeo tweeted, referencing Iran's president Hassan Rouhani and foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

"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," Pompeo continued, providing no evidence that Iran was behind the attacks.

Trump responded saying, ”I think we're the same.

“I think we just want to find out the final numbers and see.

“We'll know for certain over the next very short period of time.

“Well then we’re gonna decide what sort of response there would be.

Trump then was asked what kind of response there would be, and he clarified the question saying, "Would this be proportionate, is that what you're asking.

“I would say, 'yes.'"

Related news

Huge embarrassment for Ursula von der Leyen as EU forced to postpone her appointment.

URSULA VON DER LEYEN was today forced to slam the brakes on becoming the European Union’s next top bureaucrat.

Gibraltar election 2019: Why is Gibraltar having an election before Brexit?.

GIBRALTAR will head to the polls tomorrow for a Brexit election, prompted by Boris Johnson’s appointment as Prime Minister. Why is Gibraltar going to the polls weeks before Brexit?

Gibraltar election: We’re Brexit ready! The Rock heads to polls for snap vote.

GIBRALTAR will head to the polls tomorrow to ensure there is a new government in place in the event of a no deal Brexit.

Direct hotline to God? Vatican attempts to 'digitise prayers' with new app.

THE CATHOLIC CHURCH is set to revolutionise the practice of prayer as it unveils a new digital app making God's guidance accessible from just one tap of the screen.

Barcelona protests: Horror moment angry hoodie-clad mob set upon man in street - VIDEO.

THIS is the shocking moment a man is beaten up after trying to extinguish a makeshift bonfire started by protestors in hoodies during a night of violence in Barcelona.