Iran warns U.S. and Saudi Arabia

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said today, September 19, that any military strike by the United States or the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on his country could be a “general war.”

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

“I make a very serious statement that we do not want war, we do not want to participate in military confrontation. But we are not overprotecting the defense of our territory,” the head of Iranian diplomacy told CNN.

Earlier, from his Twitter page, he commented on the visit of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to the Middle East, during which he visits Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in order to determine the response to the recent attack in the region. The Islamic Republic’s foreign minister says Donald Trump’s administration and its “ambitious allies” should pray that war is not “for their own sake.” In this way, he responded to Pompeo’s claim that the attacks on Saudi oil facilities were an “act of war.”

Iran’s response to any military attack “will not be limited to its source,” Tehran’s official note earlier told Washington.”

In the official note transmitted by the United States through the Swiss Embassy (the Swiss diplomatic mission in Tehran has a section of U.S. interests, there is no official diplomatic relations between the United States and the Islamic Republic. “Iran reiterated that it was not behind the attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities, and warned that any Action by the U.S. side against Iran would be followed by an immediate response,” the note said.

Recall, the attack on the facilities of the national oil company Saudi Aramco, which on September 14, as the main version, carried out the Yemeni rebel movement Ansar Alla (Houthi), led to a reduction in the level of oil production in the largest Arab monarchy almost doubled. Saudi Aramco was forced to cut production by nearly 6 million barrels per day after the air attack, accounting for more than half of the kingdom’s daily production. The attack disrupted not only oil production, but also Saudi exports of raw materials. About a dozen drones were involved in the attack on oil facilities in the Abkaik and Hurays fields, as well as nearby refineries in eastern Saudi Arabia. Later it was reported that the refineries could be attacked not by strike drones, but by cruise missiles. Responsibility for the U.S. strikes was blamed on Iran.

In response to the accusations, the command of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said it was ready for a “full-scale war” and recalled the country’s missile capabilities capable of “getting any aircraft carrier and U.S. base within a 2,000 km radius.” Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the IRGC aerospace forces, issued a warning last Sunday, 15 September.

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