Fears of an outbreak of fighting between Iranian and US forces in the Gulf were revived on Sunday after Washington accused Tehran of devastating drone attacks on Saudi Arabia's largest oil production facilities in the world.
On Sunday night, US President Donald Trump said he "has reason to believe" that the White House knows the culprit for the attack and that the military is "locked up and charged" to take action.
He stated that the United States "is waiting to hear" from Riyadh "about who they think is the cause of this attack and under what conditions we will continue."
Trump's warning follows a White House National Security Council meeting attended by Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper.
On Monday, Iran dismissed US accusations as "unacceptable" and "unfounded," according to state television.
Earlier, Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Musavi also said that he claimed that US allegations of pre-dawn attacks on Abqaiq and Khurais in the eastern province of Saudi Arabia were intended to justify "actions" against Iran.
"Such remarks … are more like a conspiracy by intelligence and secret organizations to damage a country's reputation and create a framework for future action," Musavi said.
News of recent tensions has pushed the price of raw US oil up $ 5.61
Saudi Arabia's extraction is under attack. desk to believe that we know the culprit, locked and loaded, depending on the check, but we are waiting to hear from the Kingdom of who they think is the reason for this attack and under what conditions will continue!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2019
Tehran denied allegations that it was behind the assassinations alleged by the Yemeni rebel group Houthi in Iran.
Earlier, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused Iran of drone attacks and said "there is no evidence that the attacks came from Yemen."
Pompeo stated, "Iran has now launched an unprecedented attack on energy supplies in the world."
Senior U.S. officials quoted intelligence estimates, including satellite images, on Sunday in support of their case that Iran was responsible.
The images, allegedly show impacts consistent with the attack coming from Iran rather than Yemen, they told AP News Agency. on condition of anonymity.
Additional devices that apparently failed to meet their targets were recovered and analyzed by Saudi and US intelligence agencies, officials said.
Iran's elite revolutionary guards said on Sunday that it was prepared for a "full-scale war".
In a not very subtle threat, the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Aerospace Armored Corps noted that Iranian missiles could strike US bases and ships within 2,000 km.
"Because of the tensions and the sensitive situation, our region is like a dusty boom," B-Lieutenant General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said.
"Neither we nor the Americans want a war. When these contacts get too close, when the forces come in contact with each other, conflict may occur due to misunderstanding, "said Hajizadeh.
" Of course, some forces facing each other in the area could do so. something that can start a war. We are always preparing for a full-fledged war. "
Hajizadeh stated that Iranian forces are ready to counter-attack if the United States responds militarily to the attack on an oil facility, calling Al Qaeda air base in Qatar and al-Dhafra air base near Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates as immediate targets, as well as naval vessels in the Persian Gulf and the Arabian Sea
Action from any country can erupt into the open dusk that has been raging just below the surface of the Gulf over the past few months.
There have already been mysterious attacks against Peter flax tankers that the US blames on Iran while Tehran takes down a US military surveillance drone – which almost sparked a deadly retaliation.
"There are hawks in Iran and America and in the region who want military conflicts," a senior Iranian government official said.
"Such attacks will make military confrontation inevitable, and so do hardliners in Iran and elsewhere. Such a confrontation will harm not only Iran but also all Gulf states. "
In response to Trump's latest statement, Bernie Sanders, a Democratic senator and opposition presidential candidate, warned that" only Congress – not the president, can declare war, "and Congress will not give you the power to start another catastrophic war in the Middle East just because a cruel Saudi dictatorship told you. "
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In an interview with Al Jazeera, Lawrence Corb, a former Assistant Secretary of Defense, said that last thing, which Trump wants conflict with Iran.
"If we invaded Iran, then we would have a very, very violent conflict that will spread across the Gulf."
"This will only escalate the problems we have. In fact, what we need to do is end the civil war in Yemen. "
But Corb also noted that Trump was an adversary in starting wars and that his rhetoric" is not usually followed by action. "
statement, the National Iranian American Council called on the Trump administration to" seriously invest in de-escalation measures to stabilize the entire region. "
" If Trump fails to pay attention to his anti-interventionist instincts and listen to his burning he, the US, are at risk of provoking a regional war more catastrophic than the 2003 invasion of Iraq. "
" American Aggression "
Tehran and Washington have been on fire since May last year when Trump withdrew from a multilateral deal in 2015 that promised Iran sanctions relief in exchange for curbing its nuclear weapons
Following its withdrawal from the nuclear deal, the US slapped mutilating sanctions on Iran as part of a "maximum pressure" campaign.
The Islamic Republic responded by reducing its nuclear engagements and threatening to block the Gulf Hormuz in the Gulf through who pass
On Sunday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called for a regional summit to counter attacks on Saudi Arabia and accused Washington of deflecting blame for the war in Yemen, where US ally Saudi Arabia leads
"The innocent die daily in Yemen … Americans – instead of blaming themselves and acknowledging that their presence in the region creates problems – blame the countries in the region or the people of J. Yemen, "said Rouhani.
"If there is to be real security in the region, the solution is to stop the US aggression. We believe that the issues of the region can be resolved through negotiations in Yemen, Yemen-Yemen negotiations – they must decide for themselves.
Saudi Arabia and Iran support factions in the Middle East, from Yemen and Syria to Lebanon and Iraq.
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates lead a military coalition to support Yemen's internationally recognized government against the Hussites. the worst humanitarian catastrophe fa in the world.