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‘No shred of evidence’: Iran demands US presents proof of Saudi oil attacks claim after UN report release

Tehran slammed the US for using a recent UN report to peddle its Saudi oil attack claims, accusing Washington of “clutching at every straw” to back up the allegations, while the report itself is based on shaky hypotheses.

“Just hours after the attack on Saudi oil facilities on September 14, 2019, the US baselessly attributed it to Iran, but has failed so far to present any shred of evidence. Now, it clutches at every straw to seemingly prove its allegation,” the Iranian mission to the UN stated on Saturday. It was responding to the US mission doubling down on the White House’s claim that Iran was behind the September 14 twin attacks on facilities owned by Saudi oil giant Aramco in Abqaiq and Khureys.

Responsibility for the attacks that briefly disrupted operations at the Abqaiq oil plant – the largest oil processing facility in the world – was claimed by Houthi rebels, who are embroiled in a five-year-long war with the ousted President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi backed by the Saudi-led coalition. However, immediately after the attacks took place, the US pointed the finger at Tehran without waiting for any fact-finding mission to be sent to the sites.

Commenting on the recently released UN Yemen panel report, which concluded that Houthi forces were “unlikely” responsible for the bombing since the operation was too “complex” and the “estimated” range of weaponry the militants supposedly possess would not have allowed for such launches from the rebel-held territory, the US mission recycled its allegations framing the report’s findings as a foregone conclusion.

“Iran attacked Saudi Arabian oil facilities on September 14, 2019. It was an attack not only against a sovereign state but against the global economy as well,” the note bluntly stated.

Firing back, Tehran pointed out that “nothing in that report validates the US allegation, which has already been rejected by Iran.”

The report does not name Iran as the culprit in the strikes. Moreover, the experts admitted that they did not have a chance to see the debris of the weapons that allegedly hit the facilities first-hand at the scenes as they had been partially cleaned up by Riyadh by the time they arrived.

“It should be noted that the panel did not see any debris of the weapon systems on-site in Abqaiq and Khureys, as those had already been transported to Riyadh at the time of the visits on 20 and 21 September 2019,” the report states. 

In addition to that, the experts further acknowledged that while they believe that this particular attack was not carried out by Houthis, “other attacks using the same weapons do seem to have been launched from Yemen.”

The panel did not rule out either that Houthis could have been behind the twin strike, noting that “in theory, the attacks could have also been launched by Houthi forces either from within Saudi Arabia, from the territory of other countries, or even from sea or airborne launch platforms,” but called this scenario “highly unlikely.”

The Iranian mission said that the US note “represents another disinformation campaign against Iran,” arguing that it’s the US massive build-up, undertaken under the pretext of the “Iranian threat,” together with Washington’s “military adventurism” and “the unprecedented flow of sophisticated American weaponry” to the region that has become the “main source of instability and insecurity” in the Middle East.

https://www.rt.com/news/480983-iran-saudi-aramco-attack-proof/

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Jane Karlsson
Jane Karlsson
February 17, 2020

I wonder if the Iranians have evidence that this was an American false flag. If they do, the Saudis will be aware of it. Perhaps this is what the recent thawing of relations between Iran and Saudi is all about. Then, the assassination of Soleimani, who was on a mission to broker peace between them, could have been a warning to keep quiet.

Sally Snyder
Sally Snyder
February 17, 2020

Here is an article that looks at the sources of Saudi Arabia’s weapons and how much the Saudi royal family spends on its military:

https://viableopposition.blogspot.com/2019/09/saudi-arabia-military-expenditures-and.html

One has to wonder how the sales of American arms has affected the balance of power in the Middle East, particularly when these arms are being sold to a nation with a poor human rights record.

paul
paul
Reply to  Sally Snyder
February 17, 2020

Saudi Arabia’s huge military spending and imports do absolutely nothing to meet the legitimate defence needs of the country. It just serves two different purposes. Firstly, these grossly overpriced arms purchases are just a form of tribute, or protection money, to the US. Trump spoke the truth for the first time in his life when he said that Saudi Arabia would not last a fortnight if it was not propped up by America. Secondly, they are a huge slush fund, providing unlimited scope for bribes and kickbacks, both domestically and in the US. There is plenty to go round. Everybody… Read more »

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