Pentagon to Present Trump, Aides With a 'Range' of Iran Military Options

16 2015 shows a Saudi F-15 fighter jet

On Wednesday, the Saudi Defense Ministry organized a press conference to show reporters what it describes as an Iranian cruise missile and a Delta Wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

US officials also quickly came to believe that the attack did not come from Yemen and that Iran was responsible, according to USA officials who briefed reporters. The attacks and recriminations are increasing fears of an escalation in the region.

Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif cautioned yesterday that USA notions of "limited strikes" were incomprehensible and the only response would be 'all-out war'.

"However the dominant thinking there points to the USA targeting critical infrastructure in Iran as to minimise or exclude any human cost".

The unprecedented strike and cross-accusations involving Saudi Arabia and Iran in the past week have driven up the price of one-month benchmark calls to their most expensive relative to puts since March 2011.

He was unable to provide evidence that Houthis launched the drones and missile.

Zarif also said that the top U.S. diplomat was trying to delay issuing visas for the Iranian delegation to the upcoming United Nations General Assembly.

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are urging President Donald Trump to step back from potential conflict with Iran following last weekend's attack against vital Saudi Arabian oil infrastructure, which both Washington and Riyadh have blamed on Iran.

Trump, who has already re-imposed sanctions that have crippled Iran's economy, promised on Wednesday to "substantially increase" the measures, winning quick praise from Riyadh.

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Many voters saw him as a " Mr Clean ", an alternative to Netanyahu and the cloud of alleged criminal misdeeds hanging over him. The document was signed by Shaked and Smotrich despite both having expressed reservations about the idea earlier in the day.

Pompeo arrived in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Wednesday to confer with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and headed to the United Arab Emirates Thursday for further talks.

Trump is now considering how to respond to the strikes, which are believed to have used drones and cruise missiles to hit the Abqaiq petroleum processing facilities and Khurais oil field in eastern Saudi Arabia. Iran denies being involved in the attack and warns any retaliatory strike on it by the US or the kingdom will result in "an all-out war".

CBS News reported Saturday's attack halted the production of 5.7 million barrels of crude oil. "It was an act of war against them directly", he told reporters before heading to UAE, a close USA ally in the region.

Pompeo tweeted his appreciation for the UAE and Saudi Arabia joining the coalition. Officials at state-run oil company Saudi Aramco, meanwhile, gathered in what was referred to internally as the "emergency management room" at the company's headquarters.

The UAE said it had joined a US -led coalition to protect waterways across the Middle East after the attack in Saudi Arabia. Iran denies being behind the tanker explosions, although the attacks came after Tehran threatened to stop oil exports from the Persian Gulf.

"The coalition's naval forces detected an attempt by the terrorist Houthi militia backed by Iran to carry out an imminent act of aggression and terrorism in the southern Red Sea using an unmanned, rigged boat. launched from Hodeidah province", coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Malki said in a statement.

As of 2018, Saudi Arabia was the third-largest military spender in the world, outspending the likes of France, the United Kingdom, and Russian Federation respectively.

The Houthi claim has been met with a strong degree of skepticism from experts and government officials.

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