The U.S. government Monday, September 16, reiterates its allegations that Iran is responsible for the drone attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities over the weekend.
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft condemns the attacks at the United Nations Security Council meeting in New York.
[Kelly Craft, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations]: "I'd like to briefly address the deeply troubling attacks on Saudi oil facilities that occurred this past weekend. The United States condemns these attacks in the strongest possible terms. Standing firmly with our Saudi friends. We must all be clear eyed about this event, a direct assault on the world energy supply. Claims of responsibility have been made, but as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has clearly stated there is no evidence that the attacks came from Yemen. Emerging information indicates that responsibility lies with Iran."
UN Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths tells the Security Council that while it is “not entirely clear” who was behind the weekend attack, it poses a threat to regional stability. He denounces the attack, saying that it risks dragging Yemen in a regional conflict.
[Martin Griffiths, UN Special Envoy for Yemen]: "The attack on Aramco facilities in Saudi Arabia this past Saturday morning, 14th of September, which has caused significant disruption to the kingdom's crude oil production has consequences well beyond the region and I echo of course the secretary general's statement condemning this attack and at a minimum this kind of action carries the risk of dragging Yemen into a regional conflagration, because of one thing we can be certain and that is that this extremely serious incident makes the chances of a regional conflict that much higher and of a rapprochement that much lower."
U.K. Ambassador to the United Nation Karen Pierce says the United Kingdom is "still assessing what happened and who is responsible."
[Karen Pierce, UK Ambassador to the United Nation]:
"Once this has been established we will discuss with our partners how to proceed in a responsible manner. We hope for a united International response to these awful attacks."