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Johnson says the United Kingdom believes that Iran was behind the attack on Saudi refineries

September 23, 2019

NEW YORK, Sep 23 (Reuters / EP) –

The United Kingdom believes that Iran was responsible for the attack on Saudi refineries and will work with the United States and European allies in a joint response, British Prime Minister Boris Johson said Monday.

“The United Kingdom attributes to Iran a very high responsibility in the attacks of Aramco. We believe that it is very probable that Iran was really responsible”, has indicated Johnson in an airplane while it was going to New York.

“We will work with our American friends and our European friends for an answer that tries to reduce tensions in the Gulf region,” he said.

When asked if the United Kingdom would rule out military action, Johnson said he would be closely watching the United States' proposal to do more to help defend Saudi Arabia.

“Clearly, if the Saudis or the Americans ask us to play a role, we will consider how we could be useful,” said the Prime Minister.

The United States and Saudi Arabia have blamed Iran for the September 14 attack that initially cut Saudi oil production by half. The Yemen Huthi movement, supported by Iran, claimed responsibility.

Johnson has said he will discuss Iran's actions in the region with the country's president, Hasan Rohani, at the United Nations and that he will press for the release of several Iranians with dual citizenship who, he said, were being held “illegally and unfairly.” .