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Trump: US ‘Locked And Loaded’ For Potential Response To Attack On Saudi Oil Field


Trump: US ‘Locked And Loaded’ For Potential Response To Attack On Saudi Oil Field

President Trump on Sunday said the U.S. is “locked and loaded” as it awaits verification of who was behind a series of drone attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities this weekend.

“Saudi Arabia oil supply was attacked,” Trump tweeted.

“There is reason to believe that we know the culprit, are locked and loaded depending on verification, but are waiting to hear from the Kingdom as to who they believe was the cause of this attack, and under what terms we would proceed!” he added.

A senior U.S. official told reporters earlier in the day that evidence from the attack indicated Iran was behind it, instead of the Yemeni Houthi group that had claimed responsibility.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also accused Iran of being behind the attacks.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tweeted Sunday that Pompeo’s accusation is “turning to ‘max deceit,’” a reference to the Trump administration’s maximum pressure strategy.

“US & its clients are stuck in Yemen because of illusion that weapon superiority will lead to military victory,” he wrote. “Blaming Iran won’t end disaster.”

In another tweet, Trump authorized the use of the U.S. emergency oil stockpile to ensure stable supplies after the attack, which shuttered 5% of world production.

“Based on the attack on Saudi Arabia, which may have an impact on oil prices, I have authorized the release of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, if needed, in a to-be-determined amount sufficient to keep the markets well-supplied,” he wrote. “I have also informed all appropriate agencies to expedite approvals of the oil pipelines currently in the permitting process in Texas and various other States.”


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