Arab oil more important than its blood for US, says Iran

Arab oil is more important than its blood for the US, said Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a tweet on Friday before he left for New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly next week, Iranian reports say.

Taking Yemen as a case to substantiate his claim, Zarif said four years of indiscriminate bombings by Saudi-led coalition using US weapons had left some 100,000 locals dead. Yemen’s Houthi rebels struck back early on Saturday by bombing oil facilities in Saudi Arabia.

Although Houthi rebels immediately claimed the attacks, Saudi Arabia and the US refused to accept that. Instead, they built a certain narrative to tell the world that only Iran would have done that job with such clinical precision.

Even as Saudi investigators are yet to find any tangible evidence to name the culprit, the kingdom’s military on Thursday displayed debris of some drones and missiles used by Iran to prove Tehran was behind the attacks.

Iran has denied any role in the attack and described the accusations by Saudi Arabia and the US as a move to prepare the ground for an attack on Iran.

Earlier, Zarif said US should return to its international commitments and prove it is trustworthy if it wants to have a seat on the negotiation table. But the US has shown it does not respect important agreements (like the 2015 Iran nuclear deal) and even its own signature.

In an interview to CNN on Thursday, Zarif warned of an all-out war if Saudi or the US launches a military strike on Iran.

Tehran believes a military confrontation based on deception is awful. But it would not blink to defend itself if attacked, he said.

Responding to Zarif’s warning, the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, said in Abu Dhabi that the US is striving to form a coalition to achieve peace in the region.

However, Pompeo struck a different tone on Wednesday during his visit to Saudi Arabia by calling the attacks on two oil facilities in the kingdom an act of war.