Trump: It Looks Like Iran Was Behind Saudi Attack; Investigations Continue; ‘I Don’t Want War’

CNS News | 9/16/2019 | Staff
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( – President Trump said Monday investigations were underway to determine who attacked Saudi oil infrastructure at the weekend, but asked whether Iran was responsible he said, “it’s certainly looking that way at this moment.”

Speaking in the Oval Office alongside Bahrain’s crown prince, Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, Trump also said there were “ways to see definitively where they [the drones] came from, and we have all of those ways, and that’s being checked out right now.”


Later he added, “we’ll be able to find that out, figure that out very quickly. We pretty much already know” who was responsible.

“I think you won’t be surprised to see who did it.”

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The Iran-backed Houthi militia in Yemen have claimed responsibility for the damaging attacks, but Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the weekend blamed the Iranian regime – which has denied involvement.

Trump tweeted Sunday that the U.S. was “locked and loaded” but also awaiting word from the Saudis as to whom they hold responsible.

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The Foreign Ministry in Riyadh said Monday, “Initial investigations have indicated that the weapons used in the attack were Iranian weapons. Investigations are still ongoing to determine the source of the attack.”

“The Kingdom condemns this egregious crime, which threatens international peace and security, and affirms that the primary target of this attack is global energy supplies, as this attack is in line with the previous attacks against Saudi Aramco pumping stations using Iranian weapons,” it said.

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The ministry added that international experts were invited to visit and take part in the investigations. The kingdom would “take the appropriate measures based on the results of the investigation, to ensure its security and stability.”

Asked in the Oval Office whether he wants to go to war against Iran, Trump said he does not “want war with anybody.”


“I’m somebody that would like not...
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