The United States has announced that it was sending military reinforcements to the Gulf region following attacks on Saudi oil facilities that it attributes to Iran.
Earlier, President Donald Trump ordered new sanctions on Tehran. He said, the sanctions were the toughest-ever against another country, but indicated he did not plan a military strike, calling restraint a sign of strength.
The Treasury Department renewed action against Iran’s central bank after US officials said Tehran carried out weekend attacks on rival Saudi Arabia’s oil infrastructure, which triggered a spike in global crude prices.
The Pentagon chief announced that the United States would send military reinforcements to the Gulf region at the request of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
Saudi Arabia yesterday revealed extensive damage from the strikes on state giant Aramco’s facilities in Khurais and the world’s largest oil processing facility at Abqaiq.
The attacks, which knocked out half of Saudi Arabia’s oil production, have been claimed by Yemen’s Iran-backed Huthi rebels, but Washington has pointed its finger at Tehran, condemning the strikes as an “act of war.”
Meanwhile, the commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Hossein Salami has warned that any country that attacks the Islamic republic will see its territory turn into the conflict’s main battlefield. Addressing a Press conference in Tehran today, he said Iran will never allow any war to encroach upon its territory.