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Iran vows ‘all-out war' if U.S. and Saudi Arabia attack over oil strike


Added 09-19-19 06:13:02pm EST - “Iran's top diplomat threatened an "all-out war" Thursday with the U.S. or Saudi Arabia if either country launches a retaliatory strike over a drone and missile attack on oil reserves that sent energy prices.” - Nydailynews.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “Iran vows ‘all-out war’ if U.S. and Saudi Arabia attack over oil strike”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Iran’s top diplomat threatened an “all-out war” Thursday with the U.S. or Saudi Arabia if either country launches a retaliatory strike over a drone and missile attack on oil reserves that sent energy prices soaring.

Tehran’s tough-talking foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, threw the gauntlet down, promising a battle that would go on “to the last American soldier.”

Zarif told CNN that Iran hoped to avoid conflict with Washington and Riyadh, but said he would not hold talks with regional leaders unless the Trump administration backs off from sanctions as promised under a 2015 nuclear accord.

“I make a very serious statement about defending our country. I am making a very serious statement that we don’t want to engage in a military confrontation,” Zarif said. “But we won’t blink to defend our territory.”

Tensions in the area have been high ever since President Trump last year pulled the U.S. out of Iran's 2015 agreement with world powers that curtailed Iranian nuclear activities.

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