TRUMP INCREASES SANCTIONS ON IRAN AFTER THE SAUDI OIL ATTACK




İrem UZUN -TDO- US President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced that he would impose new sanctions on Iran over the attack on one of Saudi Arabia’s key oil facilities on September 14.

Iran has rejected claims it was to blame for Saturday's drone attacks on the Abqaiq facility and the Khurais oil field, which damaged the world's biggest crude processing plant and triggered the largest jump in crude prices in decades. It has privately and publicly warned that it would respond militarily to any attack by the US and its allies, dispatching a note to Washington through the Swiss embassy in Tehran. "This attack was not Iran's doing and claims by Donald Trump and Mike Pompeo, the president and secretary of state of America respectively, are rejected and condemned," Iran reportedly said in a letter, according to Iranian state TV. Unlike Iran, Yemen's Houthi rebels, who have been in a war with a Saudi-UAE-led coalition since 2015, claimed responsibility for the attacks, warning Saudi Arabia that their targets "will keep expanding”. At a news conference later on Tuesday, Saudi officials showed debris from the alleged weapons used during the attacks, saying there was "undeniable" evidence of Iranian aggression. As a response, President Trump posted a tweet on his Twitter account and said”I have just instructed the Secretary of the Treasury to substantially increase Sanctions on the country of Iran”.

US wants to bring the issue to the UNSC; however his efforts looks likely to fail since Russia and China are expected to use their veto powers to shield Iran.