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USA: 'We'd certainly like to avoid' war with Iran - Trump on Saudi oil attacks

United States, Washington DC
September 17, 2019 at 01:42 GMT +00:00 · Published

US President Donald Trump stated that "it's certainly looking" like Iran was behind recent attacks on Saudi Arabia's oil facilities, when speaking to the press alongside Bahrain Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington D.C. on Monday.

When asked if he believed Iran had carried out the attacks, Trump said that "it's certainly looking that way at this moment," adding that "as soon as we find out definitively, we'll let you know. But it does look that way."

The US president said he doesn't want war with Iran; however, noting that his country "is more prepared than any country" due to "the best fighter jets, the best rockets, the best missiles."

"With all of that being said, we'd certainly like to avoid it," added Trump.

The drone attacks took place on September 14 at an oil processing facility in Abqaiq and the Khurais oil field, effectively disrupting half of Saudi Arabia's oil reserves. Houthi militants operating in Yemen claimed responsibility for the attack. However, US authorities have accused Iran of the attacks, which Iran has rejected.

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US President Donald Trump stated that "it's certainly looking" like Iran was behind recent attacks on Saudi Arabia's oil facilities, when speaking to the press alongside Bahrain Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington D.C. on Monday.

When asked if he believed Iran had carried out the attacks, Trump said that "it's certainly looking that way at this moment," adding that "as soon as we find out definitively, we'll let you know. But it does look that way."

The US president said he doesn't want war with Iran; however, noting that his country "is more prepared than any country" due to "the best fighter jets, the best rockets, the best missiles."

"With all of that being said, we'd certainly like to avoid it," added Trump.

The drone attacks took place on September 14 at an oil processing facility in Abqaiq and the Khurais oil field, effectively disrupting half of Saudi Arabia's oil reserves. Houthi militants operating in Yemen claimed responsibility for the attack. However, US authorities have accused Iran of the attacks, which Iran has rejected.

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