- Yemen's Iran-backed Huti group claimed responsibility for attack on oil company Aramco
- US security adviser Mike Pompeo accused Iran of attack
Sep 15, 2019, 08:43 PM IST
new Delhi. Iran has rejected the US accusation of being involved in the attack on Aramco, the world's largest oil supply plant in Saudi Arabia. Iran warned that the US military base and aircraft carrier in the Gulf region are under its missiles. We are always ready for war. Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi group claimed responsibility for the attack on Aramco on Saturday, but the US accused Iran of being behind the attack.
US security adviser Mike Pompeo said there was no evidence of Aramco attacking Yemen. The conflict between the Saudi coalition and the Huti rebels in Yemen has been going on for the last five years. Riyadh has also blamed Iran for the attacks on oil plants.
Iranian Foreign Ministry said – US charges baseless
Speaking to the local media, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi called the US allegations baseless. A senior army commander has claimed that Iran is fully prepared for war. According to a semi-governmental news agency, Commander Amirali Hajizdah said that everyone should know that the US military base and aircraft carrier within the radius of 2000 kilometers are in the midst of our missiles.
Tensions in the Middle East increased when the US extended a ban on oil supplies from Iran. The attack on Aramco came at a time when US President Donald Trump had expected a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Iran, however, refused any talks with the US until the ban was lifted. Mike Pompeo tweeted on Saturday that Iran has attacked Aramco, the world's energy supply center, amidst possibilities of easing tensions.
Iran had also called for action on those responsible for the incidents.
Some media reports from Iran also claimed that it was Iran-backed paramilitary forces that carried out the attack on Aramco. However, Iran later denied all the allegations and claimed not to allow its land to be used for the attack. Iran had also called for its land to be taken against those responsible for such incidents.
Fears of rise in oil prices after the attack
The Aramco plant supplies more than half of Saudi Arabia's total oil supplies and more than 5 percent of the world's oil. After this attack, Aramco had said that after the attack, the oil supply has decreased by 5.7 million barrels per day. Plant officials said no timeframe could be set for the oil supply to be restored as before. Tension in the Middle East region was heightened only after the drone attack on this world's largest refining plant. After this attack, oil prices in the international market are expected to rise by 3 to 5 dollars per barrel.
Saudi Arabia is the world's largest oil supplier
Saudi Arabia is the world's largest oil supplier. More than 7 million barrels of oil are supplied to the world from here every day. After the attack on Aramco, Saudi authorities have said that the oil supply will be cut. At the same time, experts have expressed the possibility of crude oil prices going above $ 100 per barrel. One reason for this is the inability to compensate oil supply from Riyadh. However, Riyadh has spoken of supplying rapidly from its oil reserves. At the same time, the US has also assured to open its emergency reserve reserves when needed.