Iran warns of ‘crushing response’ as Pompeo heads to Riyadh to discuss retaliation for oil attack

Iran warns of 'crushing response' as Pompeo heads to Riyadh to discuss retaliation for oil attack

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other US officials were headed to Saudi Arabia on Wednesday morning. United Nations experts monitoring sanctions on Iran and Yemen also left for the kingdom, Saudi’s UN envoy told Reuters.
Announcing Mer Pompeo’s departure, US Vice President Mike Pence said: “As the president said, we don’t want war with anybody but the United States is prepared.
“We’re locked and loaded and we’re ready to defend our interests and allies in the region, make no mistake about it,” he said, echoing President Donald Trump’s words on Sunday.
Yemen’s Houthi group, an ally of Iran, has claimed responsibility and said they used drones to assault state oil company Aramco’s sites.
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday Yemenis targeted Saudi oil facilities as a “warning” about a possible wider war in response to the kingdom’s US-backed intervention in their conflict-ravaged country.
“The Yemenis… haven’t hit a hospital, they haven’t hit a school, they haven’t hit Sanaa bazaar. They just hit an industrial centre… to warn you,” Rouhani said after a cabinet meeting.
“Learn lessons from this warning and consider that there could be a war in the region,” he said, in a likely address to the rulers of Saudi Arabia which has spent billions of dollars on US weapons.

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