Iran ties Saudi oil attacks to Yemen war. Pompeo heads to Riyadh

Iran’s leaders try to contain the fallout from the attacks on Saudi oil in installations, as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo heads to Riyadh to discuss “our response.”  Defense minister Brig. Gen. Amir Hatami denied Tehran’s involvement in the attacks, according to the semi-official Tasnim news agency. He insisted the issue is “a conflict between two countries [Yemen and Saudi Arabia].” President Hassan Rouhani told a cabinet meeting that the Houthis attacked Saudi oil facilities as a warning to Riyadh “to end its long-running war with Yemen.”

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo was due in Riyadh Wednesday to discuss possible retaliation after Washington said it had proof that the attacks originated in Iran. Vice President Mike Pence said in a speech: “As the president said, we don’t want war with anybody but the United States is prepared.”

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