RIAD, Sep 22 (Reuters / EP) –
Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister, Adel al Jubeir, has warned Iran that any attack launched from its territory against the Arab kingdom will be considered an “act of war”, in the context of escalating tension in the region.
Al Jubeir has referred in an interview on CNN on Saturday night to the recent attacks on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia, which have been claimed by the Huthi rebels, backed by Iran in the Yemen civil war.
“We hold Iran responsible because these missiles and 'drones' that were launched in Saudi Arabia were manufactured and delivered by Iran” to the Huthis, explained the head of Saudi diplomacy.
“But launching an attack from their own territory, if that were the case, would put us in a different category. It would be considered an act of war,” Al Jubeir warned. “If they continue on that path, they risk military action,” he added.
However, he stressed that “nobody wants a war”, but “everyone wants to resolve this peacefully,” pointing out that “the end result must be to end Iran's aggressive policies.”
In addition, he reiterated that “appeasement policies do not work with Iran” and mentioned among them the financial mechanism designed by the other signatories of the nuclear agreement to circumvent the renewed sanctions of the United States.
“These things only embolden them,” he considered. “The Iranians have to know that their actions will have consequences,” he said, advancing that Saudi Arabia will try to form a common front on this idea at the next UN General Assembly.
The incidents with oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz this summer and the recent attacks on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia are a sign of the growing tension in the Persian Gulf following the rupture of the nuclear agreement signed in 2015.
The United States abandoned it in 2018 recovering the sanctions against Iran, which has responded by breaching part of the commitments assumed under this international treaty, which go through limiting the military development of its atomic industry.