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Saudi vows response to oil attacks ‘aggression’

Cairo: Saudi Arabia on Saturday vowed to take “appropriate measures” in response to last weekend’s attacks on its oil facilities that the kingdom blamed on Iran. Yemen’s Iran-linked Houthi rebels have claimed responsibility for the September 14 drone and missile attacks on two major Saudi oil facilities in the eastern province of Buqyaq. But Riyadh and Washington have said that Iran was behind the strikes, which at least initially put a halt to about half of Saudi Arabia’s oil output. Tehran denies involvement. On Saturday, the Saudi minister of state for foreign affairs, Adel al-Jubeir, reiterated his accusations against Iran.
“We are holding Iran responsible for this criminal act,” al-Jubeir said at a televised press conference in the capital Riyadh. “When investigations [into the attacks] are complete, we will take the appropriate measures to deal with this aggression,” he said. “We have asked the United Nations to send experts to participate in investigations,” al-Jubeir added. (dpa)