Posted on Sep 23, 2019
Britain supports the United States in the belief that Iran was responsible for an attack on Saudi oil facilities and will work with the U.S. and European allies on a joint response, Reuters reports Prime Minister Boris Johnson as saying on Monday (Sept 23rd).
The United States and Saudi Arabia have already blamed Iran for the September 14th strikes that initially halved Saudi oil output. Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi movement has claimed responsibility.
The UK is attributing responsibility with a very high degree of probability to Iran for the Aramco attacks. We think it very likely indeed that Iran was indeed responsible. We will be working with our American friends and our European friends to construct a response that tries to deescalate tensions in the Gulf region.
A UK government official said the Houthi’s claim of responsibility was “implausible”, with the scale, sophistication and range of the attack inconsistent with their capabilities.
Asked whether Britain would rule out military action, Johnson said it would be closely watching a proposal by the United States to do more to help defend Saudi Arabia.
“Clearly if we are asked, either by the Saudis or by the Americans, to have a role then we will consider in what way we could be useful,” he said.
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