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Trump says there are “many options” on the table before the outbreak of a war with Iran

September 18, 2019

MADRID, Sep. 18 (EUROPE PRESS) –

The president of the United States, Donald Trump, said on Wednesday that there are “many options” to address the situation with Iran that do not involve a war with the country, following the latest attacks against refineries in Saudi Arabia.

“We will see what happens. We have many options that we are considering. There are many options,” he said, before adding that “there are last options and options that are much smaller than those.”

Thus, he clarified that “last options” refers to “going to war”, while discarding the option of a nuclear war, according to the transcripts provided by the White House.

Trump's words have come after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused Iran of committing an “act of war” after the attack on the refineries of the Saudi state oil company, Aramco, of which Tehran has unlinked

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.”

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.

In response, 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.”