White House reviews military plans against Iran

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Oil prices rose on news of the attack on the Saudi pumping stations, more than 200 miles (320 km) west of the capital Riyadh.

The East-West Pipeline was partly designed as a contingency against Iran blocking Saudi oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz.

Ashena's comment comes amid several events that threaten to destabilize relations between the long-time global rivals, including the United States ramping up pressure on Iranian oil importers, and placing new sanctions on several key industries.

"As a precautionary measure, the company temporarily shut down the pipeline, and contained the fire which caused minor damage to pump station 8".

Two of the ships were Saudi oil tankers, which suffered "significant damage", according to Saudi Arabia's Energy Minister. Visiting Delhi Tuesday, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was questioned on the us military deployments in the Gulf region. "This attack proves, yet again, the importance that all sides stand against such destructive terror attacks". Both the UAE and Saudi Arabia are staunch opponents of Iran's government.

Ghika was speaking to Pentagon reporters from Baghdad as tensions between the United States and Iran have spiked in recent weeks.

Yet, the ministers and the EU High Representative said in their statement that "We are determined to continue pursuing efforts to enable the continuation of legitimate trade with Iran, including through the operationalization of the special goal vehicle "INSTEX"-the special objective payment vehicle that the EU set up earlier this year". USA oil prices rose 1.4 per cent even though Saudi's state-owned oil company Aramco told CNN that the attack caused "no damage to oil production, no oil spills or injuries".

"This act of terrorism and sabotage, in addition to recent acts in the Arabian Gulf, do not only target the kingdom but also the security of world oil supplies and the global economy", Falih said.

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"I'm hearing little stories about Iran", Trump added. This comes after four oil tankers anchored in the Mideast were damaged by what Gulf officials described as sabotage, though satellite images obtained by The Associated Press on Tuesday showed no major visible damage to the vessels.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani hit back, saying the Islamic republic was "too great to be intimidated by anyone".

There are concerns about "the threats that extremist individuals inside the U.S. government and individuals in the region are trying to impose", the top Iranian diplomat said.

The foreign ministry of the United Arab Emirates also condemned the attack as "new proof of the Houthis' hostile and terrorist tendencies".

"The kingdom condemns this cowardly attack".

Mohammad Javad Jamali, an Iranian member of parliament, accused unidentified countries in the region of trying "to drag Trump into a war". The U.S. has long advised its citizens against travel to Iraq, but the renewed warning followed Washington's deployment of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln and B-52 bombers to the Persian Gulf in response to unspecified "threats" by Iran.

The six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council - which includes Saudi Arabia and the UAE - condemned the incident while Arab League chief Ahmed Aboul Gheit denounced "criminal acts".

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