Iran is responsible for the attack because the equipment is Iranian equipment, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said in an interview with the Council on Foreign Relations.
“We know that it didn’t come from the south. We know it because of the range of the equipment. We believe it came from the north—or, we’re certain it came from the north. And what we’re doing now is investigating to locate the actual launch site. And we have asked the United Nations to send experts to Saudi Arabia. They’re in the kingdom now. Other countries have sent experts to Saudi Arabia. And once their conclusions are—once the investigation is complete and we will pin the blame. But we believe that Iran was responsible because these were Iranian weapons,” the Saudi Minister pointed out.
According to Al-Jubeir, Saudi Arabia wants to make sure that a war with Iran is avoided at all costs.
“But we’re not going to sit there with our hands tied while the Iranians continue to attack us. We want to make sure that we know exactly what happened, exactly where it came from. We want to organize international support. And we want to look at all of our options—diplomatic options, economic options, and military options—and then make a decision and move in a very deliberate and a very effective manner,” he added.
The Saudi diplomat said that the country is talking to their allies in the U.S. and in Europe, and all sides are looking at various options.
“But ultimately our objective is to come to the conclusion of the investigation, make it crystal clear to the world that this is what happened, and this is where it emanated from, and then build the case for whatever actions we decide to take,” the Saudi Minister noted.