Saudi Arabia says its oil pipeline was attacked by drones

President Donald Trump

Trump also said last week he would like to see Iranian leaders call him, a move Ravanchi indicated would not happen as long as the United States continues putting pressure on the country. Energy Ministry Khalid al-Falih said Saudi Arabia views the attacks as a "cowardly act of terror aimed at destruction". He said "the attack didn't lead to any casualties or oil spill", though he acknowledge it affected "the security of oil supplies to consumers all over the world".

Saudi Arabia built its pipeline in the 1980s amid fears that the Iran-Iraq war would cut off shipping traffic through the Strait of Hormuz.

"On purchase of oil from Iran, External Affairs Minister reiterated the position that a decision will be taken after the elections keeping in mind our commercial considerations, energy security and economic interests", said a source familiar with the discussion held between the two sides at the Jawaharlal Nehru Bhavan here. The official, who was not authorized to discuss the investigation, agreed to reveal the findings only if not quoted by name. To preserve its national honor and deter the US, Iran aspires to exact a price from the United States and its ally Israel.

On Tuesday, Spain temporarily pulled one of its frigates that was part of a US -led combat fleet from near the Persian Gulf because of the mounting tensions.

"There are a substantial number of militia groups in Iraq and Syria, and we don't see any increased threat from any of them at this stage", Ghika said.

On May 9, the White House asked the Swiss Embassy - which serves as the United States diplomatic representative in Iran since relations were cut after the 1979 Islamic Revolution - to give the leaders in Tehran its number to call and discuss rising tensions and other issues.

The plans, presented by Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, are meant to be implemented in the event Iran attacks US forces or speeds up nuclear weapons development.

The visiting minister also informed India that as per the announcement of President Hassan Rouhani, Iran has given a 60-day timeline to the EU-3 and other parties to the nuclear deal for restoring oil and banking channels. Both the UAE and Saudi Arabia are staunch opponents of Iran's government. "Our aim is not war", Pompeo told CNBC in an interview.

Underling the regional risk, the general-secretary of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council described the incident as a "serious escalation".

Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran's foreign minister, also expressed worry on Tuesday, saying: "We had previously predicted that such actions would occur to create tensions in the region". The rebels have also claimed to have launched drone attacks inside the United Arab Emirates.

The agency issued a new warning Sunday to sailors about the alleged sabotage and urged shippers to exercise caution in the area for the next week.

"An aircraft carrier that has at least 40 to 50 planes on it and 6,000 forces gathered within it was a serious threat for us in the past". The tweet included four screenshots of a 2017 National Review article written by Bolton before he became national security adviser, outlining how to get the United States out of the nuclear deal.

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