On Monday, the United States President Donald Trump has said that Iran is likely behind the strikes on Saudi oil facilities, but he wanted to be sure and hoped to avoid war.
President Trump told sources, “It is certainly looking that way at this moment,” when enquired if he believes Tehran has carried out the attack.
He continued, “We pretty much already know” and “certainly it would look to most like it was Iran” but that Washington still wanted more proof.
“We want to find definitively who did this,” the US President told reporters in the Oval Office, where he went on a meeting with Bahrain Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa.
President Trump said, “You’re going to find out in great detail in the near future,” adding that “we have the exact location of just about everything.”
“With all that being said, we’d certainly like to avoid” war, added President Trump.
He was quoted saying, “I don’t want war with anybody but we’re prepared more than anybody.”
Donald Trump said that the United States would be talking to the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arab, and “many of the neighbors out there that we’re very close friends with.”
“We’re also talking to Europe,” President Trump said, “a lot of the countries that we’re dealing with, whether it is France, Germany, etcetera, talking to different folks and figuring out what they think.”
“But I will tell you that was a very large attack and it could be met with an attack many, many times larger, very easily by our country,” said President Trump.
He spoke to reporters shortly after the US Defense Secretary Mike Esper has said that the US Military is preparing for a reply to the attack on the Saudi Arabian oil facilities.
After briefing President Trump in the White House, Mr. Esper singled out Iran as the undermining international order, without directly blaming Tehran for the attack.
Mike Esper informed that he and the Pentagon leadership met President Trump in the wake of the attack, which analysts claim seems to have involved drones and possibly cruise missiles was launched from a nearby nation.
Iran has supported Huthi Rebels in Yemen has claimed responsibility for the drone attack.
However, the Riyadh-led coalition fighting the Huthis has said that the weapons were Iranian-made, and it still remains unknown where they were launched from.