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(CNSNews.com) – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, visiting Saudi Arabia to discuss a response to an unprecedented armed attack on the world’s biggest oil processing facility, told reporters traveling with him that the attack, which the U.S. and the Saudis are blaming on Iran, was “an act of war.”
“This was an Iranian attack,” Pompeo said en route to Jeddah on Wednesday morning, unequivocally rejecting the claim of responsibility by Houthi rebels in Yemen.
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“It’s not the case that you can subcontract out the devastation of five percent of the world’s global energy supply and think that you can absolve yourself of responsibilities,” he said.
“We’re blessed that there were no Americans killed in this attack, but any time you have an act of war of this nature, there’s always risk that that could happen,” Pompeo said.
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He said the U.S. intelligence community had “high confidence” that the weapons used in the attack were not in the Houthis’ possession, and that the projectiles had not come from the south – that is, the direction of Yemen.
Pompeo dismissed the Houthis’ claim as “fraudulent,” and charged that the Iranian-backed Shi’ite militia was known to lie.
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As for a response, Pompeo said the U.S. was “working to build out a coalition to develop a plan to deter” the Iranians.
In Jeddah, Pompeo met with Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, and “discussed the recent attacks by Iran against oil facilities in Saudi Arabia,” State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a readout.
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She said they agreed it was “an unacceptable and unprecedented attack that not only threatened Saudi Arabian national...
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