Tensions have spiked between Iran and the United States, which sent more military forces to the Middle East, including an aircraft carrier, B-52 bombers and Patriot missiles, in a show of force against what USA officials say are Iranian threats to its troops and interests in the region.
Saudi Arabia on Thursday blamed Tehran for a drone attack by Yemen's rebels that knocked out a key oil pipeline and a newspaper close to the palace called for the U.S.to carry out "surgical" strikes on Iran, adding a new layer of tension to the standoff in the Persian Gulf.
The crisis is rooted in President Donald Trump's decision past year to withdraw the USA from the 2015 nuclear accord between Iran and world powers, and impose massive sanctions that have crippled Iran's economy. The US stopped granting waivers to buyers of Iranian oil early this month after Trump pulled the US out of the landmark 2015 nuclear deal a year ago.
Oil transit was disrupted in 1984 during the Iran-Iraq war (1980-1988) when more than 500 vessels were destroyed or damaged in the so-called "Tanker War". It has been pinched by a Saudi-led boycott on Qatar and USA sanctions on Iran, for which Dubai was a traditional trade hub.
On a visit to Tokyo, Mohammad Zarif defended Iran's right to respond to the US pullout from the nuclear deal previous year and the imposition of sanctions.
The editorial says US airstrikes in Syria, when the government there was suspected of using chemical weapons against civilians, "set a precedent".
However, this does not exclude that the USA will not continue to increase the degree of economic pressure on Iran, provoking it in parallel to make a reckless move. The deputy defense minister confirmed the attacks in another tweet. Rather, they pointed out that Saudi Arabia has been a strong supporter of India against terrorism and security issues; Riyadh had been one of the first countries to quickly issue a statement condemning the bomb attack on Indian security personnel in Pulwama on February 14.
Nearly all the oil exports of Saudi Arabia, Iraq, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar and Iran itself, at least 15 million barrels per day, are shipped through the Strait of Hormuz.
4- Washington does not mind that the Tehran regime remains in power if it is willing to negotiate and co-exist under certain conditions; which means that it still refuses to link the expansionism of Iran to the "chemistry" of its regime.
The rebels said Tuesday's attacks were a response to "crimes" committed by Saudi Arabia during its bloody air war in Yemen, that has been criticized repeatedly by the United Nations and human rights groups. At least 40 other people were wounded, according to Yemen's Health Ministry. Fawaz Ahmed told The Associated Press he saw three bodies in the rubble - a man, a woman and a child, all buried together.
That attack against a mock-up USA warship was part of elaborate naval war games carried out by the elite Revolutionary Guards in 2015.
There was far more clarity about Tuesday's attack on the Saudi East-West pipeline.
After the arrival of a large number of American offensive weaponry and equipment in the Persian Gulf region, everyone is wondering: is this a preventive measure, act of intimidation or preparation for a real strike against Iran? The attack is further evidence that the Houthis are merely an Instrument of the Iranian Regime in its expansionist ambitions to serve. On Wednesday, citing an "increased threat stream", it ordered its non-emergency government staff to leave Iraq.
Jeffrey also said that only Russian Federation could help the USA to remove the Iranians from Syria.