US Vice President Mike Pence stated on Tuesday the United States was evaluating evidence on the attacks on Saudi oil services and stands ready to protect its interests and allies in the Middle East.

“We’re assessing all the proof. We’re consulting with our allies. And the president will identify the ideal class of motion in the days forward,” Pence stated in a speech at the Heritage Foundation conservative consider-tank in Washington, DC.

Secretary of Point out Mike Pompeo was travelling to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, Pence explained, incorporating that if Iran performed Saturday’s attacks to strain President Donald Trump to again off his sanctions routine from Tehran, they will are unsuccessful. 

“The United States of The united states will take no matter what action is required to defend our region, our troops, and our allies in the Gulf. You can count on it,” Pence stated.

The attacks took place early on Saturday on two significant oil facilities in Saudi Arabia.

Trump had warned that the US was “locked and loaded” to reply to the attacks, but emphasised on Monday that he does not want a war. 

Iran has denied remaining guiding the attacks, which knocked out fifty percent of Saudi Arabia’s oil output. 

Yemen’s Houthi rebels, who have been locked in a war with a Saudi-UAE-led coalition considering that 2015, claimed obligation for the attacks, warning Saudi Arabia that their targets “will continue to keep increasing”.

But the US has attempted to make its circumstance that Iran was powering the assaults, which have lifted new war problems and sent vitality selling prices soaring. 

On Monday, Trump stated it “certainly” seemed like Iran was behind the attack, but the US wishes “to discover definitively who did this”. 

Pompeo extra on Tuesday that “emerging data suggests that accountability lies with Iran”. US officers have not said what that information involves. 

Saudi Arabia oil

Smoke is witnessed following a fire at Aramco facility in the japanese town of Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia [Reuters] 

Saudi Arabia’s council of ministers claimed the cabinet experienced reviewed the damage prompted by the attacks on the Aramco installations, and it known as on the world’s governments to confront them “regardless of their origin”. 

In the statement, the council reported the “cowardly” strikes on its oil facilities ended up an extension of “recurring attacks” on vital installations. “[The attack] has threatened liberty of transport, and has afflicted the balance of the worldwide economic expansion,” the assertion explained, as claimed by state media.

Saudi King Salman stated that Riyadh was able of working with the repercussions of assaults on its installations.

Fears of war

The new violence has led to fears that further more motion on any facet could promptly escalate a confrontation which is been raging just beneath the surface area in the broader location in new months.   

Last month, Trump termed off a navy attack on Iran, at the previous moment, immediately after Tehran downed an unmanned US army drone. Iran maintains the drone was in Iranian airspace. The US suggests it was in global territory. 

Those tensions have been boiling ever because Trump pulled the US out of Iran’s 2015 agreement with entire world powers that curtailed Iranian nuclear things to do and the US re-imposed sanctions that sent Iran’s overall economy into freefall.

Users of US Congress late on Monday warned versus opening up a new front of conflict. 

“Immediate engagement by US navy in response to Iran’s assaults on Saudi oil infrastructure would be a grave blunder,” claimed Republican Senator Mitt Romney.

“The US has continued arms gross sales so Saudi Arabia can protect itself. If SA responds in opposition to Iran assaults, the US need to be completely ready to help in a non-kinetic part,” he claimed in a tweet.

Democrat Ro Khanna reported the US “will have to not launch an offensive war in opposition to Iran without congressional approval”.