Armed drones attack oil pumping stations in Saudi Arabia

Trump offers Iran direct line to White House report says

On Tuesday morning, Saudi Arabian officials also said that terrorists used drones to attack two oil pumping facilities in the country. A fire broke out and firefighters later brought it under control, though the state-run Saudi Aramco stopped pumping oil through the pipeline.

Saudi Arabia's Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said on Monday (May 13) that two Saudi oil tankers were targeted on Sunday in "a sabotage attack" off the coast of Fujairah, part of the United Arab Emirates, threatening the security of global oil supplies. Al Jazeera reported Tuesday that US military officials are investigating that attack.

Tensions are rising with Iran after the Trump administration revoked waivers this month that allowed Iran to continue selling oil to some customers despite USA sanctions.

Two oil pumping stations serving a major East-West oil pipeline in Saudi Arabia faced a attack by armed drones on Tuesday, with the damage now being assessed, the minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Khalid bin Al-Falih has said.

Oil prices rose by almost 2% at one point on Monday in the wake of the Saudi claims of sabotage. They would also like Iran to stay in the Iran nuclear deal so that they never acquire a nuclear weapon.

Four tankers were targeted overall, according to the UAE, in what the country said was a "sabotage attack" that took place near the strategic port of Fujairah on Sunday.

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan presented the plan last Thursday, which was requested by national security adviser John Bolton, The Times reported.

"Public support for major US interventions in the region has clearly declined over the past decade and the USA, no matter what administration is in office or what is its policy toward Iran, is not likely to further intervene militarily in any regional conflict for the sole reason of blunting the impact of Iran's regional strategy", said an analysis by the Soufan Center, a New York-based security firm.

Brent oil prices rose about 0.9 per cent after the announcement to $71.13 a barrel at 3.14pm UAE time. "The dimensions of the possible war against Iran and its scope may be defined by quiet infiltrations at '#Fujairah, ' '#Yanbu' and '#Golan, ' and dozens of other points in the region".

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday Tehran does not seek war with the United States despite mounting tensions between the two arch-enemies over Iranian nuclear capabilities and its missile program.

"The kingdom condemns this cowardly attack".

The incident came after the White House ordered the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier strike group and B-52 bombers to the region on May 4.

The attack did not lead to any casualties or an oil spill but caused significant damage to the structures of the two vessels, he added.

The ministry spokesman, Abbas Mousavi, was quoted by the official IRNA news agency as saying there should be more information about the incident.

A senior European diplomat voiced skepticism that Trump's "maximum pressure" strategy would force Iran to capitulate.

The heavy-handedness of Saudi Arabia's operations in Yemen has indeed wrought worldwide condemnation.

Iran's Foreign Ministry has already expressed concern over the Sunday incident in the Sea of Oman, warning of foreign seditious plots to upset the region's security and stability.

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