The United States believes that Iran is at the root of these attacks, accusations labeled “insane” by the Islamic Republic.
Oil production from Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest exporter of black gold, is temporarily cut in half after a drone attack claimed by Yemeni rebels that sparked fires on Saturday at two sites of giant Aramco. After the third such attack in five months against the infrastructure of the oil juggernaut, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said that his country had “the will and the ability to face and respond to this terrorist aggression”. during a telephone interview with US President Donald Trump.
But these attacks led to “temporary suspension of production” at the two affected sites, which represents about 50% of Aramco’s total production. These temporarily shut down facilities normally produce 5.7 million barrels a day, or about 5% of the world’s daily crude oil production.
- “Iran has launched an attack”
“The United States strongly condemns today’s attack on important energy infrastructure: Violent actions against civilian areas and vital infrastructure for the global economy only exacerbate conflict and mistrust” pointed the White House after this phone call between “MBS” and Donald Trump. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was even more explicit: “Iran has launched an unprecedented attack on global energy supplies,” he said.
“We call on all countries to publicly and unequivocally condemn Iran’s attacks, and the United States will work with our partners and allies to supply the energy markets and hold Iran accountable for its aggression.”, he added. But quickly, Iran has denied any responsibility in these attacks. “Such sterile and indiscriminate accusations and remarks are incomprehensible and insane,” said Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi, hinting that they were meant to justify “future actions” against Iran.
Aramco’s security teams intervened to put out fires in Abqaiq and Khurais, and “both fires were controlled,” according to the Interior Ministry. An investigation was opened and authorities tightened security around the two targeted sites, preventing journalists from approaching. The attack did not cause any injuries, said ministry spokesman Mansour al-Turki.