Due to recent events between Iran and Saudi Arabia, President Donald Trump spoke with reporters in Los Angeles on Wednesday, as he said that there are many options short of war with Iran after Saudi Arabia displayed remnants of drones and missiles it said were used in a crippling attack on its oil sites that was unquestionably sponsored by Iran.
“There are many options. There’s the ultimate option and there are options that are a lot less than that. And we’ll see. I’m saying the ultimate option meaning go in war,’’ said Trump.
Earlier, Trump wrote on Twitter that he ordered the U.S. Treasury to increase sanctions on the country of Iran. On the press, he said that the measures will be revealed in the next 48 hours.
Both the United States and Saudi Arabia accused Iran for the attacks of Saudi oil centers on Saturday as Saudi Arabia added that the strike was a test of global will, according to Reuters.
The attack caused rising of the price of oil worldwide as Saudi Arabia is the world’s biggest oil exporter. Iran denied any kind of involvement in the attack as the Houthi group from Yemen (which is aligned with Iran) took responsibility for the attack saying that it was launched from three sites in Yemen.
Defense Ministry spokesman Colonel Turki al-Malki said that a total of 25 drones and missiles were used in the attacks sponsored by Iran but not launched from Yemen and that an investigation into the origin of the attacks was still under way and the result will be announced later.
“The attack was launched from the north and unquestionably sponsored by Iran,’’ said Turki al-Malki.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani issued a statement in which he said:
“They want to impose maximum pressure on Iran through slander. We don’t want conflict in the region. Who started the conflict?’’