'Would certainly look' like Iran launched oil attack

Gen. Keane: US 'holding all the cards,' Iran 'back on their heels' like they've never been before

The price of oil saw a massive price spike Monday following drone strikes on a Saudi oil facility over the weekend that has shut off more than half of the kingdom's daily exports, or about 5% of the world's crude production.

"Amid all the calls for de-escalation, Iran has now launched an unprecedented attack on the world's energy supply". Earlier estimates had suggested it could take weeks. "We want to find definitively who did this", he said.

Saturday's attacks were the latest in a series of escalatory moves witnessed since the U.S. unilaterally withdrew from a nuclear deal with Iran and other world powers in May 2018 and slapped sanctions on Iran's oil and banking sectors in a "maximum pressure" campaign against it.

Smoke is seen following an apparent drone strike at an Aramco oil facility in the eastern city of Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia, Sept. 14, 2019.

Unnamed U.S. officials said the direction and extent of the attacks cast doubt on Huthi involvement.

Ayatollah Khamenei further elaborated on the United States' goals in pursuing the maximum pressure policy and at the same time, trying to lure Iran to the negotiating table, saying: The U.S. pursues a policy of maximum pressure on Iran through various embargoes, intimidation, and distorted claims, because the current U.S. government believes that the Islamic Republic can not be brought to its knees, humiliated, and made to submit, through any indirect approach.

The remarks by Leader comes as some media outlets and U.S. officials have said U.S. President Donald Trump is seeking to hold talks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on the sidelines of the annual United Nations conference in NY in the current month.

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution described the U.S.'s goal by negotiation not as a just solution, but as a means to impose blatant demands, stating that: I've been repeating that the USA seeks is to impose, but they have become so insolent today that they are confessing to it themselves.

"The Iranians are gonna exhaust their playbook, I believe, before they come to the negotiating table".

He withdrew the United States from the nuclear pact between Iran and six world powers and reimposed sanctions that were lifted under the deal in return for Iran curbing its nuclear programme.

Trump said he was sending Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Saudi Arabia soon, but he had not made any commitments to protect the Saudis.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met the Chinese government's top diplomat, State Councillor Wang Yi, in Beijing late last month.

Keane said the Trump administration has no reason to sit down with the Iranians given the current situation. "That was an attack on Saudi Arabia, and that wasn't an attack on us".

In retaliation for the US' "maximum pressure" policy, Iran has gradually scaled backed its commitments to the pact and plans to further breach it if the European parties fail to keep their promises to protect Iran's economy from U.S. penalties. The intraday jump was the biggest since the 1990-91 Gulf crisis over Iraq's invasion of Kuwait. "But we would certainly help them". "The thinking here is that any attack on Iran must set back Iran's military ability 10 to 15 years". But the U.S. has sought to put the blame exclusively on Iran - which says it was not involved - and President Donald Trump on Monday said his government was "locked and loaded" and ready to respond.

Saudi Arabia urged United Nations experts to help investigate the raid.

"It used to be that only governments had air forces, but drones have democratized violence from the sky", says another analyst, Bernard Hudson, a fellow on Persian Gulf security issues at Harvard University, quoted in the Washington Post newspaper.

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