Iran threatens 'all-out war' as Trump trades tough talk for diplomacy
Added 09-19-19 08:35:01pm EST - “The Trump administration Thursday tried to pull back from the brink of confrontation with Tehran even as top Iranian officials warned they would respond to an attack with "all-out war," as the Pentagon suggested that Saudi Arabia…” - Washingtontimes.com
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The Trump administration Thursday tried to pull back from the brink of confrontation with Tehran even as top Iranian officials warned they would respond to an attack with “all-out war,” as the Pentagon suggested that Saudi Arabia will take the lead in determining exactly how and when to respond.
Stressing diplomacy in the aftermath of last weekend’s attack on Saudi Arabian oil infrastructure, top American officials said they are still seeking a peaceful resolution to a simmering crisis in the Middle East. Officials also made clear that they are content to allow Riyadh, not Washington, to lay the blame at the feet of the Iranian government.
The administration said it believes that Iran was responsible for the assault, but officials deliberately stopped short of explicitly saying the Iranian government itself ordered the assault on the Abqaiq oil facility or that the drones and cruise missiles were launched from Iranian soil. The unprecedented attack, which Yemen’s Houthi rebels claim they carried out, temporarily cut Saudi Arabia’s oil production in half and is fueling a spike in global gas prices.
For the Trump administration, three years of tough talk and tough actions against Iran have suddenly given way to calls for strong action by the United Nations and faith in an international “coalition” that the U.S. says is the best way to hold Tehran accountable. The episode also has shone a fresh spotlight on the administration’s deference to Saudi Arabia even as critics, including some Republicans, press the president to show strength.
Saudi Arabia also has avoided directly accusing Iran’s government of carrying out the attack, likely out of fear that such words could spark more violence and potentially lead to war between the region’s top two powers.
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