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President Donald Trump addresses reporters questions at a press conference in the Rose Garden of the White House

Donald Trump has stated that the US reaction to the assault on Saudi oil facilities will rely upon the evaluation in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, and underplayed US dependence on Middle East energy supplies.

The US secretaries of state and energy both explicitly criticized Iran for the drone attack, But on Monday, Trump suggested that the US didn’t have conclusive proof about the strikes and that he would send the secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, to Riyadh to further investigate.

On Monday, Nato chief Jens Stoltenberg, talking in Baghdad stated that he was much concerned about a danger of acceleration” and he approached all parties to stop further assaults. He denounced Iran by saying: “Iran is supporting various militant groups and accountable for destabilizing the entire region.” The Guardian reported.

Iran has dismissed the allegations by the US concerning the recent attacks and warned that US military assets were within the range of Iran’s missiles. The Iran foreign minister Javad Zarif tweeted that “Pompeo having failed at his attempts to put pressures on us, is now turning to maximum lie.” The Guardian reported.

Hassan Rouhani, the President of Iran, stated in Ankara: “Yemeni people are practicing their legal right of resistance … the assaults were a reciprocal answer to the ongoing hostility towards Yemen,” The Guardian reported.

In a tweet on Sunday, Trump announced the US was “locked and stacked,” to counter whoever is responsible, however, left it to the Saudi government to affirm Iranian involvement, in an apparent effort to make the sovereignty take full charge for any reprisal action. The Guardian reported.

Asked on Monday whether he had sworn to secure Saudi Arabia, the president told journalists: “No, I haven’t guaranteed the Saudis that … We need to sit together and work something out.”

Later in the day, Trump pressed on that if there were to be a retaliatory hit, Riyadh would need to play a significant part, particularly when it came to paying for it.

“The truth of the matter is the Saudis will have a ton of contribution in this if we choose to do something,” he told international media. “They’ll be specially included, and that incorporates payment. What’s more, they comprehend that completely.”

Regarding whether diplomacy with Iran had been depleted, Trump stated: “No, it’s never depleted … No one can tell what will happen… I realize they need to make a deal … Sooner or later, it will work out.” The Guardian reported.

The Saudi military representative for the Riyadh-led alliance battling in Yemen that Iranian-made weapons were utilized in the assault, however, avoided accusing Iran.

“The investigation is proceeding, and all signs are that weapons utilized in the two assaults originated from Iran,” Col Turki al-Maliki told columnists in Riyadh, as per the French press office, AFP. He said the assaults had not been propelled from Yemen and investigation is on, the Guardian reported.

Iraqi authorities stated that Pompeo told them that the attack was not completed from Iraqi soil and instead seemed to propel from neighbouring Iran. The Guardian reported.

However, the Wall Street Journal cited Saudi authorities as saying their US allies had not given enough proof to close conclusively that the assault was propelled from Iran.

On Monday, Trump stated that it’s Saudi Arabia and not the US who has faced the assaulted and played down the US national security interest in the Gulf. “We needn’t bother with Middle Eastern Oil and Gas, and in actuality have not very many tankers there, yet will support our Allies!” The Guardian reported.

Article Credit:- The Guardian/ The Wall Street Journal/ AFP

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