Iran’s foreign minister has warned that any US or Saudi military strike would result in ‘all-out-war’, after the allies blamed the Shia majority nation for attacks on the Saudi oil refinery Aramco at the weekend.
Mohammad Javad Zarif said Iranians ‘won’t blink to defend our territory’ and are willing to fight ‘to the last American soldier’ in the event of an invasion.
He did, however say that Iran is not looking for a war and is willing to return to the negotiating table, provided America complies with the disastrous 2015 deal that was struck under the Obama administration and later torn up by President Trump.
What did The Iran Nuclear do?
According to this framework, Iran would redesign, convert, and reduce its nuclear facilities and accept the Additional Protocol (with provisional application) in order to lift all nuclear-related economic sanctions, freeing up tens of billions of dollars in oil revenue and frozen assets.
On March 3, 2015, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had addressed a joint session of Congress, outlining his reasons for opposing the deal. We all know The Iranians would love nothing more than to wipe Israel off the map.
Riyadh and Washington have both said they have ‘undeniable evidence’ of Tehran’s guilt, and are now considering their next move
Secretary Of State Mike Pompeo described the attacks as an ‘act of war’ ahead of a meeting with Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s defence minister, on Wednesday.
After the meeting he tweeted that Saudi has ‘a right to defend itself’ and would be supported by America. However, he did soften his rhetoric on Thursday, saying he preferred a ‘peaceful resolution’ to the crisis.
President Trump has also refused to rule out military action, saying the ‘ultimate option’ for him would mean starting a war and putting US boots on the ground.
Saudi Arabia says it has evidence showing Iran sponsored Saturday’s drone and missile attacks on two of its oil facilities, and called on the international community to take action. The question is whether there could be a war.
Attacks on this scale could not happen without the approval of the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. He gave a speech this week in which there was not a single reference to the attacks on Saudi Arabia’s biggest oil facility Aramco, or the danger of a war breaking out at any moment.
Instead, he chose to reject once again any possibility of talks between Iranian and US officials at any level as long as the US sanctions remained in force.
The last thing President Trump wants or needs right now is for all out war to break out in the Middle East as it could be possibly damaging to his chances of being re-elected in 2020. With that being said, I can’t see the USA or Saudi take these attacks lying down. War for either side will be damaging and should be avoided at all costs. Attacks on sovereign nations should not be tolerated. I personally don’t want too see the UK dragged into another pointless war. However we all know there’s more than meets the eye. The international community should not tolerate the aggressive attacks coming from the Shia Islamist regime in Iran. Make no mistake about it, Iran poses a direct threat to stability and peace of our world.
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