Following the recent attacks on a Saudi oil field, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has taken to Twitter to place blame where he believes it is deserved: on Iran.
“Tehran is behind nearly 100 attacks on Saudi Arabia while Rouhani and Zarif pretend to engage in diplomacy,” Pompeo wrote on Saturday. “Amid all the calls for de-escalation, Iran has now launched an unprecedented attack on the world’s energy supply. There is no evidence the attacks came from Yemen.”
On Saturday, someone (according to Pompeo, it was Iran) launched attacks on two oil facilities owned by Saudi Arabia, according to the Wall Street Journal. One was on the processing plant — Aramco’s largest — in Abqaiq, and the other was on the Khurais oil field.
Initial reports alleged that the Houthi rebel group from Yemen was to blame. The group currently fighting against the Yemen government, which has the backing of the Saudi government as well as much of the Western world.
The strikes have had a significant impact on crude oil production, The New York Times reports. According to Saudi Arabia’s energy minister, production is down by about 5.7 million barrels per day, which is roughly half the total output.
This, of course, could have a huge impact on oil prices around the globe.
Pompeo weighs in
But despite reports that Yemeni rebels were behind the attacks, Pompeo has squarely placed the blame on Iran, which he accuses of launching “an unprecedented attack on the world’s energy supply.”
For this reason, he is calling for other nations to join America in condemning Iran.
“We call on all nations to publicly and unequivocally condemn Iran’s attacks,” Pompeo tweeted Saturday. “The United States will work with our partners and allies to ensure that energy markets remain well supplied and Iran is held accountable for its aggression.”
Fox reports that Seyyed Abbas Mousavi, a spokesperson for the Iranian foreign ministry, responded: “Such blind accusations and inappropriate comments in a diplomatic context are incomprehensible and meaningless. Even hostility needs a certain degree of credibility and reasonable frameworks; U.S. officials have also violated these basic principles.”
According to White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere, President Donald Trump is said to have called Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to offer the United States’ support. But no blame appears to have been put on Iran by the president himself.
“The United States strongly condemns today’s attack on critical energy infrastructure,” Deere said, according to Reuters. “Violent actions against civilian areas and infrastructure vital to the global economy only deepen conflict and mistrust.”