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US NewsIran diplomat warns of 'all-out war' if hit for Saudi attack

14:56  19 september  2019
14:56  19 september  2019 Source:   msn.com

Iran warns US of response to any action over Saudi attack

Iran warns US of response to any action over Saudi attack TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran warned the U.S. that any action taken against it following an attack on Saudi oil installations will "immediately" be met with a response from Tehran.

Any attack on Iran by the U.S. or Saudi Arabia will spark an “ all - out war ,” Tehran’s top diplomat warned Thursday, raising the stakes as Washington The comments by Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif represented the starkest warning yet by Iran in a long summer of mysterious attacks and

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Iran ’s foreign minister warned Thursday that any attack on his country over a drone-and-missile strike on Saudi Arabia’s oil industry will result in “ all - out war ,” further pushing up tensions across the Persian Gulf. The comments by Mohammad Javad Zarif represent the starkest

Iran diplomat warns of 'all-out war' if hit for Saudi attack © Provided by The Associated Press FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2019 file photo, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attends a forum titled "Common Security in the Islamic World" in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In an interview published by CNN Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, Zarif warned that any U.S. or Saudi military strike on Iran will result in "all-out war." It comes after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called an attack on Saudi oil installations an "act of war." (AP Photo/Vincent Thian, File)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's foreign minister warned Thursday that any attack on his country over a drone-and-missile strike on Saudi Arabia's oil industry will result in "all-out war," further pushing up tensions across the Persian Gulf.

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Iran ’s foreign minister warned Thursday that any attack on his country over a drone-and-missile strike on Saudi Arabia’s oil industry will result in an “ all - out war ,” further pushing up tensions across the Persian Gulf. The comments by Mohammad Javad Zarif represent the

Iran ’s foreign minister warned Thursday that any attack on his country over a drone-and-missile strike on Saudi Arabia’s oil industry will result in “ all - out Asked by CNN what would be the consequence of a U.S. or Saudi strike, Zarif said: “ All - out war .” “We won’t blink to defend our territory,” he said.

The comments by Mohammad Javad Zarif represent the starkest warning offered yet by Iran in a long summer of mysterious attacks and incidents following the collapse of Iran's nuclear deal with world powers, over a year after President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew America from the accord.

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Iran diplomat warns of 'all-out war' if hit for Saudi attack © Provided by The Associated Press U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, meets with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on Wednesday, Sept 18, 2019. (Mandel Ngan/Pool Photo via AP)

Zarif's comments also appeared to be in response to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who a day earlier while traveling to Saudi Arabia referred to the attack as an "act of war."

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Iran 's top diplomat said Thursday that any attack on his country over a drone-and-missile strike on Saudi Arabia's oil industry will result in an " all - out war ," further racking up tensions across the Persian Gulf. The comments by Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif represented the starkest warning

Iran ’s top diplomat said Thursday that any attack on his country over a drone-and-missile strike on Saudi Arabia’s oil industry will result in “ all - out war ,” further pushing up tensions across the Persian Gulf. The comments by Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif represented the starkest warning

Asked by CNN what would be the consequence of a U.S. or Saudi strike, Zarif said: "All-out war." Iran diplomat warns of 'all-out war' if hit for Saudi attack © Provided by The Associated Press Secretary of State Mike Pompeo walks after stepping off his plane upon arrival at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. (Mandel Ngan/Pool via AP)

It would cause "a lot of casualties," he stressed.

"I am making a very serious statement that we don't want to engage in a military confrontation," Zarif said. "But we won't blink to defend our territory."

Iran diplomat warns of 'all-out war' if hit for Saudi attack © Provided by The Associated Press Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, walks with U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia John Abizaid, right, and Saudi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Assaf, after arriving at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. (Mandel Ngan/Pool via AP)

He added that any sanctions placed by the U.S. on Iran after pulling out of the nuclear deal would need to be lifted before any further negotiations could be considered.

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Iran ’s foreign minister warned Thursday that any attack on his country over a drone-and-missile strike on Saudi Arabia’s oil industry will result in “ all - out war ,” further pushing up tensions across the Persian Gulf. The comments by Mohammad Javad Zarif represent the starkest

The comments by Mohammad Javad Zarif represent the starkest warning yet in a long summer of mysterious attacks and incidents. It comes over a year since US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from a nuclear deal between the Islamic Republic and major world powers.

"They've done whatever they could and they haven't been able to bring us to our knees," Zarif said.

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Iran diplomat warns of 'all-out war' if hit for Saudi attack
Iran diplomat warns of 'all-out war' if hit for Saudi attack
Iran diplomat warns of 'all-out war' if hit for Saudi attack
Iran diplomat warns of 'all-out war' if hit for Saudi attack
Iran diplomat warns of 'all-out war' if hit for Saudi attack
Iran diplomat warns of 'all-out war' if hit for Saudi attack
Iran diplomat warns of 'all-out war' if hit for Saudi attack
Iran diplomat warns of 'all-out war' if hit for Saudi attack
Iran diplomat warns of 'all-out war' if hit for Saudi attack
Iran diplomat warns of 'all-out war' if hit for Saudi attack
Iran diplomat warns of 'all-out war' if hit for Saudi attack
Iran diplomat warns of 'all-out war' if hit for Saudi attack
Iran diplomat warns of 'all-out war' if hit for Saudi attack
Iran diplomat warns of 'all-out war' if hit for Saudi attack
Iran diplomat warns of 'all-out war' if hit for Saudi attack
Iran diplomat warns of 'all-out war' if hit for Saudi attack
Iran diplomat warns of 'all-out war' if hit for Saudi attack
Iran diplomat warns of 'all-out war' if hit for Saudi attack
Iran diplomat warns of 'all-out war' if hit for Saudi attack
Iran diplomat warns of 'all-out war' if hit for Saudi attack
Iran diplomat warns of 'all-out war' if hit for Saudi attack
Iran diplomat warns of 'all-out war' if hit for Saudi attack
Iran diplomat warns of 'all-out war' if hit for Saudi attack
Iran diplomat warns of 'all-out war' if hit for Saudi attack
Iran diplomat warns of 'all-out war' if hit for Saudi attack
Iran diplomat warns of 'all-out war' if hit for Saudi attack
Iran diplomat warns of 'all-out war' if hit for Saudi attack
Iran diplomat warns of 'all-out war' if hit for Saudi attack
Iran diplomat warns of 'all-out war' if hit for Saudi attack
Iran diplomat warns of 'all-out war' if hit for Saudi attack
Iran diplomat warns of 'all-out war' if hit for Saudi attack
Iran diplomat warns of 'all-out war' if hit for Saudi attack
Iran diplomat warns of 'all-out war' if hit for Saudi attack
Iran diplomat warns of 'all-out war' if hit for Saudi attack
Iran diplomat warns of 'all-out war' if hit for Saudi attack
Iran diplomat warns of 'all-out war' if hit for Saudi attack
Iran diplomat warns of 'all-out war' if hit for Saudi attack
Iran diplomat warns of 'all-out war' if hit for Saudi attack
Iran diplomat warns of 'all-out war' if hit for Saudi attack
Iran diplomat warns of 'all-out war' if hit for Saudi attack
Iran diplomat warns of 'all-out war' if hit for Saudi attack
Iran diplomat warns of 'all-out war' if hit for Saudi attack
Iran diplomat warns of 'all-out war' if hit for Saudi attack
Iran diplomat warns of 'all-out war' if hit for Saudi attack
Iran diplomat warns of 'all-out war' if hit for Saudi attack
Iran diplomat warns of 'all-out war' if hit for Saudi attack
Iran diplomat warns of 'all-out war' if hit for Saudi attack
Iran diplomat warns of 'all-out war' if hit for Saudi attack
Iran diplomat warns of 'all-out war' if hit for Saudi attack
Iran diplomat warns of 'all-out war' if hit for Saudi attack
Iran diplomat warns of 'all-out war' if hit for Saudi attack
Iran diplomat warns of 'all-out war' if hit for Saudi attack
Iran diplomat warns of 'all-out war' if hit for Saudi attack
Iran diplomat warns of 'all-out war' if hit for Saudi attack
Iran diplomat warns of 'all-out war' if hit for Saudi attack
Iran diplomat warns of 'all-out war' if hit for Saudi attack
Iran diplomat warns of 'all-out war' if hit for Saudi attack
Iran diplomat warns of 'all-out war' if hit for Saudi attack
Iran diplomat warns of 'all-out war' if hit for Saudi attack
Iran diplomat warns of 'all-out war' if hit for Saudi attack

Pompeo, who had just arrived to the United Arab Emirates, did not immediately respond to Zarif's warning. America's top diplomat met earlier Thursday with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Jiddah over Saturday's attack on a crucial oil processing facility and oil field, which halved the kingdom's oil production. Yemen's Iranian-backed Houthi rebels have claimed the attack, but the U.S. alleges Iran carried out the assault.

Iran diplomat warns of 'all-out war' if hit for Saudi attack © Provided by The Associated Press The Saudi military displays what they say are an Iranian cruise missile and drones used in recent attack on its oil industry at Saudi Aramco's facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais, during a press conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

"The U.S. stands with #SaudiArabia and supports its right to defend itself," Pompeo tweeted. "The Iranian regime's threatening behavior will not be tolerated."

Pompeo did not elaborate. President Donald Trump has been noncommittal on whether he would order U.S. military retaliation. He separately said Wednesday he is moving to increase financial sanctions on Tehran over the attack, without elaborating. Iran already is subject to a crushing American sanctions program targeting its crucial oil industry.

Pompeo met Abu Dhabi's powerful crown prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The UAE is a close ally of Saudi Arabia and joined the kingdom in its war in Yemen against the Houthis.

The UAE announced Thursday it had joined a U.S.-led coalition to protect waterways across the Mideast after an attack on Saudi oil installations.

Iran diplomat warns of 'all-out war' if hit for Saudi attack © Provided by The Associated Press A Saudi military officer walks by what was described asa the remains of Iranian cruise missiles and drones used in an attack this weekend that targeted the heart of Saudi Arabia's oil industry, during a press conference by military spokesman Col. Turki al-Malki in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. Though Yemen's Houthi rebels claimed the assault, the U.S. alleges Iran was behind it. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

The state-run WAM news agency quoted Salem al-Zaabi of the Emirati Foreign Ministry as saying the UAE joined the coalition to "ensure global energy security and the continued flow of energy supplies to the global economy."

Saudi Arabia joined the coalition on Wednesday. Australia, Bahrain and the United Kingdom also are taking part.

Pompeo tweeted his appreciation for the UAE and Saudi Arabia joining the coalition.

Iran diplomat warns of 'all-out war' if hit for Saudi attack © Provided by The Associated Press Journalists film what Saudi military spokesman Col. Turki al-Malki said was evidence of Iranian weaponry used in the attack targeted Saudi Aramco's facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais, during a press conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

"Recent events underscore the importance of protecting global commerce and freedom of navigation," he wrote.

The U.S. formed the coalition after attacks on oil tankers that American officials blame on Iran, as well as Iran's seizure of tankers in the region. Iran denies being behind the tanker explosions, though the attacks came after Tehran threatened to stop oil exports from the Persian Gulf.

At a press conference Wednesday, the Saudis displayed broken and burned drones and pieces of a cruise missile that military spokesman Col. Turki Al-Malki identified as Iranian weapons collected after the attack. He also played surveillance video that he said showed a drone coming in from the north. Yemen is to the south of Saudi Arabia. Iran diplomat warns of 'all-out war' if hit for Saudi attack © Provided by The Associated Press A Saudi military officer stands near what was described as an Iranian cruise missile used in an attack this weekend that targeted the heart of Saudi Arabia's oil industry, during a press conference, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. Though Yemen's Houthi rebels claimed the assault, the U.S. alleges Iran was behind it. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

Eighteen drones and seven cruise missiles were launched in the assault, Al-Malki said, with three missiles failing to make their targets. He said the cruise missiles had a range of 700 kilometers (435 miles), meaning they could not have been fired from inside Yemen. That opinion was shared by weapons experts who spoke to The Associated Press .

"This is the kind of weapon the Iranian regime and the Iranian IRGC are using against the civilian object and facilities infrastructure," Al-Malki said, referring to Iran's Revolutionary Guard.

He added: "This attack did not originate from Yemen, despite Iran's best effort to make it appear so." Iran diplomat warns of 'all-out war' if hit for Saudi attack © Provided by The Associated Press Saudi military spokesman Col. Turki al-Malki displays what he describes as an Iranian cruise missile and drones used in an attack this weekend that targeted the heart of Saudi Arabia's oil industry, during a press conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. Though Yemen's Houthi rebels claimed the assault, the U.S. alleges Iran was behind it. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian similarly was skeptical of the Houthi claim of responsibility.

"This is not very credible, relatively speaking," he told CNews television on Thursday. "But we sent our experts to have our own vision of things."

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Associated Press writers David Rising in Berlin and Angela Charlton in Paris contributed to this report.

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