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Pompeo accuses Ir & aacute; n of committing an “act of war” following the attack on the refineries in Saudi Arabia

September 18, 2019

MADRID, Sep. 18 (EUROPE PRESS) –

The US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, has accused Iran of committing an “act of war” after the attack on the refineries of the Saudi state oil company, Aramco, from which Tehran has decoupled.

“This is an attack on a scale that we had not seen before,” he said, before stressing that the claim of authorship of the Huthis “does not change the traces of Ayatollah as responsible for putting global energy supply at risk.”

Pompeo, who has moved to Saudi Arabia to coordinate the possible response to these attacks, has stressed that “this line of cruise missiles had not been seen,” according to the American newspaper 'The Hill'.

“The Intelligence community has high confidence that these are not weapons that would be in the possession of the Huthis. That is probably the most important piece of information,” he argued.

Thus, he has accused the Huthis of lying in claiming responsibility for the attack, while highlighting that the Yemeni rebels “are completely under the boot of the Iranians.” Pompeo has stressed that the Huthis would have made the claim “following orders from Iran.”

“We have been blessed by the fact that Americans have not died in this attack, but whenever there is an act of war of this nature there is a risk of that happening,” he has settled.

During the day on Wednesday, the Government of Saudi Arabia has considered “undeniable” that Iran is responsible for the attack and has exposed the remains of weapons that allegedly endorse this accusation.

A spokesman for the Saudi Ministry of Defense, Turki al Malki, told the media that 25 drones and cruise missiles were used to attack the two refineries last Saturday. It is, he added, unmanned devices of the Delta Wing type and 'Ya Ali' missiles, used by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.

“The attack was launched from the north and was undoubtedly sponsored by Iran,” added this spokesman, who sees it impossible that the aggression could be the work of the Huthi rebels. According to Al Malki, the Yemeni insurgency is only “covering up” its main international ally.

“The evidence (…) that lies ahead makes it undeniable,” said the Saudi spokesman, who said that the Jurais facilities were attacked only with missiles and that, for Abqaiq, air vehicles were also used Unmanned

The Iranian authorities have denied any involvement in the attacks and have denounced a network of lies woven by the United States, the first country to point to Tehran after the attacks.

In this regard, Hesamedín Ashena, an advisor to the Iranian Presidency, stressed that “the press conference (of Al Malki) shows that Saudi Arabia knows nothing about where the missiles and drones were made and from where they were fired.”

In a message on his Twitter social network account, Ashena added that the Saudi authorities “have not explained why the country's defense system failed to intercept them.”

For their part, the Huthi rebels have insisted on their authorship and have defended their right to respond to the operations carried out in Yemen by the coalition that leads Saudi Arabia.

A spokesman for the Yemeni insurgency said Wednesday that Saudi Arabia has falsified the evidence to hide the damage caused at the Aramco oil facility. “The destruction … is much greater than what they have recognized,” he said, according to the related chain Al Masirah.

One of the attacked facilities is located in Abqaiq, near Damman, in the Eastern Province, while the other is located in the Hijrat Jurais oil field.

The insurgents – who have the support of Tehran in the context of the conflict in Yemen – already warned on Monday that the facilities of the Saudi state oil company remain a target that could be attacked “at any time.”