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World The Aramco attack was an 'act of war' by Iran: Senior State Department official

14:53  14 december  2019
14:53  14 december  2019 Source:   cnbc.com

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Brian Hook, Special Representative for Iran and Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary of State , at the United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) 2018 The September attack on Saudi Aramco 's facilities that temporarily shut down half of the kingdom's oil production represented an act of war by the Iranian

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The September attack on Saudi Aramco's facilities that temporarily shut down half of the kingdom's oil production represented an act of war by the Iranian state, U.S. special representative to Iran Brian Hook told CNBC on Saturday.

Brian Hook wearing a suit and tie: Brian Hook, Special Representative for Iran and Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary of State, at the United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) 2018 Iran Summit in New York City. (Photo by Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) © Provided by CNBC LLC Brian Hook, Special Representative for Iran and Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary of State, at the United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) 2018 Iran Summit in New York City. (Photo by Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

"Because of the Iran nuclear deal we've been accumulating risk of a regional conflict — and what Iran did to Saudi Arabia on September 14 was an act of war," Hook told CNBC's Hadley Gamble during the Doha forum in Qatar.

Iran's government has stringently denied involvement in the drone and missile attack, considered to be the most significant assault on oil facilities in history.

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