October 23, 2019 | 12:31 AM IST
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US blames Iran for attacking Saudi oil facilities; Iran pleads ‘not guilty’

Hours after US President Donald Trump accused Iran of devastating two oil facilities on Saturday in Saudi Arabia which reduced the production by 50 per cent, Iran has denied any involvement in it.  The Houthis, a rebel group in Yemen allied with Iran, has taken responsibility for the attacks. However, Iran said that the allegations are ‘meaningless’, ‘not comprehensible’ and ‘pointless’.

The US and Saudi officials say they’re gathering more evidence that Iran was behind the attacks – some of it on the ground in Saudi Arabia – that will be released in due time.
On early Sunday morning, Trump tweeted, “The Fake News is saying that I am willing to meet Iran, “No conditions.” This is an incorrect statement (as usual).”
Trump's tweet was in response to Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif called upon the US administration to stop blaming Iran and hold talks and resolve the tension brewing up between the two nations.  

On early Monday at 4.20 am, Trump tweeted, “Saudi Arabia oil supply was attacked. There is a 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!
It may be noted that Trump government almost launched military strikes against Iran in June after the Islamic Republic shot down a US drone, but were held back at the last moment over concerns about the loss of life it would have caused.
Tensions have been growing between the two nations since Trump pulled out of an international agreement that aimed to keep Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. Trump thought the deal wasn’t tough enough and has slapped sanctions back on the Islamic Republic.

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