September 18, 2019

Newsy Today

Trump wants to "significantly strengthen Iran sanctions"

Dhe American President Donald Trump wants to "significantly strengthen" the sanctions against Iran. He told Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to initiate this, Trump wrote on Twitter on Wednesday. The background is the attack on Saudi Arabian oil systems.

In an official letter to the United States, the Iranian Foreign Ministry rejected any involvement in it. "Iran has nothing to do with the attack," says the letter sent to the United States via the Swiss Embassy in Tehran. Switzerland represents the diplomatic interests of Washington in Iran. "If a (military) action should be taken against Iran, we will return it immediately, and the dimension would not be limited," says the letter quoted by the Irna news agency on Wednesday. It is said that the Swiss Embassy was handed over on Monday.

"America sends gunpowder"

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia and the United States are reinforcing their allegations. It is almost certain that Iran has supported the attacks, said Saudi Ambassador in London, Prince Khalid bin Bander, on Wednesday the BBC. The leadership in Riyadh announced that it would present concrete evidence in the afternoon "proving the Iranian regime's involvement in the terrorist attack." For this purpose, a press conference was scheduled. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was expected in the port city of Jeddah. There he was to coordinate with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman efforts against "the Iranian aggression in the region".

Last Saturday, Saudi Arabian oil plants were attacked and set on fire. The Houthi rebels in Yemen, which are repeatedly attacked in the country by the Saudi Air Force, committed themselves to the attacks. The United States, however, is accusing Iran.

President Hassan Rohani also denied any Iranian involvement in the attacks on Wednesday. The insinuations of the United States are absurd and implausible even for the international community. "In addition to the political and economic sanctions, the United States now comes with allegations against Iran," added Rohani. The Americans send "gunpowder" to the region according to Rohani's words and then blame other countries for it. The Yemenis have the legitimate right to resist the destruction of their country – and to attack industrial targets as a warning. "These warnings should be taken seriously and the fire of war in Yemen should be erased once and for all," Rohani continued.