US policy shifts to maximum deceit, says Iran

A day after the US blamed Iran for drone attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil installations, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Washington is resorting to ‘maximum deceit’ after its ‘maximum pressure’ policy failed.

Blaming Iran for the dangers arising from the protracted Saudi-led war on Yemen is no way to end the conflict. Instead, the US and Saudi-led coalition forces should accept Iran’s four-point peace plan for Yemen submitted to the then UN chief Ban Ki-moon in April 2015, Zarif said.

The plan includes end of military attacks on Yemen from outside, humanitarian assistance, resumption of national dialogue and setting up of an inclusive national unity government.

Instead of taking such positive steps, the US, Saudi Arabia and their allies prolonged the war in Yemen hoping superior weapons will ensure them military victory, Zarif said.

His aide Abbas Mousavi said the US, without any proof, is blaming Iran for drone attacks on Saudi oil plants to lay the groundwork for future actions against Tehran.

The Houthi rebels in Yemen have already claimed responsibility for the drone attacks which led to cut in Saudi Arabia’s oil output by 50%.

However, the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, said Iran is behind the attacks adding that there is no evidence the drones came from Yemen.

In Brussels, an EU foreign policy spokesperson said the attack on the oil facilities poses a real threat to regional security.

In the meantime, the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Aerospace Force, Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, said Iran is prepared to retaliate if attacked.