Pompeo travels to Saudi Arabia to discuss ways to counter Iran

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivers a speech on the Trump administration’s Mideast policies at the American University in Cairo on Jan. 10, 2019. Credit: Screenshot.

The U.S. secretary of state is also scheduled to meet the crown prince of the United Arab Emirates.

(September 18, 2019 / JNS) U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo flew to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to discuss the suspected Iranian attack on Saturday at their Aramco oil installations, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence announced in a speech on Wednesday, according to Agence France-Presse.

A U.S. official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told AFP that the United States has concluded that last weekend’s attack involved Iranian cruise missiles, and that evidence would be presented next week at the U.N. General Assembly.

Pompeo will later travel to the United Arab Emirates to meet Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, according to the report.

Iran sent the United States a memo on Monday via the Swiss embassy, which represents American interests in Iran, in which it denied involvement in the attack on the Saudi facilities and warned that if Iran was attacked, Tehran’s “reaction will be rapid and crushing and will likely target more extensive areas than the origin of the attack,” Iran’s semi-official Fars News Agency reported on Wednesday.Subscribe to The JNS Daily Syndicate by email and never miss our top stories

Meanwhile, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Iran’s delegation may not attend next week’s United Nations meetings because the United States has not yet issued visas, reported Iranian media.

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