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Jubeir: We Hold Iran Accountable for Oil Facilities Attack

Jubeir: We Hold Iran Accountable for Oil Facilities Attack

Saturday, 21 September, 2019 - 16:45
Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir. (Reuters)
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Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir reiterated on Saturday the Kingdom’s charge that Iranian weapons were used in the attack against Aramoc oil facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais last week.

“It was done with Iranian weapons, therefore we hold Iran accountable for this attack...” he told a news conference. “The Kingdom will take the appropriate measures based on the results of the investigation, to ensure its security and stability.”

He stressed the probe, which Riyadh has invited international investigators to join, would prove that the September 14 strikes came from the north.

Saudi Arabia will wait for the results of an investigation before responding to the attack, he remarked.

Riyadh has rejected a claim by Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi militias that they carried out the strikes on the two oil plants.

“We are certain that the launch did not come from Yemen, it came from the north,” Jubeir said. “The investigations will prove that.”

The Kingdom has already said the investigation so far shows that Iranian weapons were used and the attack originated from the north, and that it was working to pinpoint the exact launch location.

Saudi Arabia is consulting with its allies to “take the necessary steps”, Jubeir said, urging the world to take a stand.

“The Kingdom calls upon the international community to assume its responsibility in condemning those that stand behind this act, and to take a firm and clear position against this reckless behavior that threatens the global economy,” he said.

“The Iranian position is to try to divide the world and in that it is not succeeding.”

“Contrary to Iran, we have never launched a rocket or drone or fired a bullet towards Iran. The Kingdom also does not support or has not set up militias that carry out destabilizing acts,” he added.

Iran will continue to be isolated from the world and it will come under more sanctions as long as it maintains it hostile approach that backs terrorism, Jubeir stressed.

“Iran must decide if it is a revolution or a state. If it is a state, then it must respect international laws and the sovereignty of nations, refrain from meddling in the affairs of others and stop supporting terrorism,” he added.

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