Trump Says U.S. Is 'Locked and Loaded' As Iran Denies Saudi Drone Attacks

President Trump says the U.S. is "locked and loaded" following an attack on a Saudi Arabian oil plant. Speaking via Twitter, Trump says the Feds are waiting to hear verification from Saudi Arabia about who they think carried it out, but American officials are already placing blame at Iran’s feet for the attack that knocked out half of Saudi Arabia's oil supply this weekend.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo maintains that Tehran is responsible for "an unprecedented attack on the world's energy supply” and to keep us from feeling the pinch at the pump, the President has authorized the release of U.S. oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to keep the oil market stable.

For their part, Iran is dismissing the accusations. Yemen's Houthi rebels took credit for Saturday's attacks east of Riyadh, which set fire to the world's biggest oil processing plant and knocked out half of Saudi Arabia's oil production. Pompeo is pushing back on that, saying there is no evidence the attacks came from Yemen. Iran's foreign ministry calls Pompeo's remark a "fruitless and blind" accusation, and notes, “Blaming Iran won't end disaster. Accepting our April '15 proposal to end war & begin talks may.”

Source: NPR

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