In recent months, Iran and/or its proxies have launched multiple attacks on oil tankers in the Persian Gulf, Saudi Arabia's East-West Pipeline, and the country's Shaybah oil and gas complex, as well as shot down a U.S. Global Hawk drone.
Preparing to head to Saudi Arabia to meet with officials, Pompeo is now declaring what happened "an act of war," and is now looking to use that bellicosity cobble together a coalition against Iran.
"We don't want war; we don't want to engage in a military confrontation", he said, warning it would lead to "a lot of casualties".
Zarif mocked Pompeo, saying he was part of a so-called "B-team", along with Saudi Arabia's crown prince, which is trying to dupe Trump into opting for war.
U.S. sanctions have crippled Iran's economy, causing the currency to plummet and prices to soar.
He had arrived in Jeddah on Wednesday for talks with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense.
U.S. President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Energy Secretary Rick Perry all blamed Iran for the attack despite a statement from the Iran-affiliated Houthi rebels in Yemen who claimed responsibility for the attacks.
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Inflation is projected to be 1.5 percent for the year, below the Fed's 2 percent target, before rising to 1.9 percent next year. The monetary authority routinely follows the Fed's lead to keep the Hong Kong dollar rate steady against the USA dollar.
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Iran has repeatedly denied involvement while their allies in Yemem, the Houthi rebels, claimed responsibility. Fears Saturday's strikes would hit global supplies sent prices 20% higher.
"I have just instructed the Secretary of the Treasury to substantially increase Sanctions on the country of Iran!"
Multiple reports from the White House have portrayed Trump as extremely reluctant to be drawn into another conflict as he campaigns for reelection while seeking to draw down troop levels in Afghanistan and Syria. Asked in Los Angeles whether Rouhani will come to New York, Trump said, "I really don't know". He added: "That's being checked out right now".
At a news conference Wednesday, the Saudis displayed broken and burned drones and pieces of a cruise missile that military spokesman Col.
The U.S. accuses Iran of being behind the attack. The minister went on to say Iran has nothing to gain from attacking Saudi Arabia and wants stability in the region.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said that Washington and Riyadh had accused Iran "because they don't believe the oppressed Yemeni nation has reached such a capability", the state news agency IRNA reported. "Because it's based on lies.it's based on deception", he said. That opinion was shared by weapons experts who spoke to The Associated Press.
Trump's decision not to retaliate against Iran drew criticism from Republican hawks like Senator Lindsey Graham who said that United States inaction "was clearly seen by the Iranian regime as a sign of weakness".
Pompeo said the attacks would be a major focus of next week's annual UN General Assembly meeting, and suggested Riyadh could make its case there.