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Iranian president's visit to United Nations meeting in NY may be canceled

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Patty Aguilar | 18 September, 2019, 23:22

Yet moments later, he rebuked a reporter who sought clarification, saying: "I didn't say that".

The Trump administration is attempting to pin down blame for the oil-field attacks over the weekend.

Of course, the US president has not "always" said that. I think you know we've done more sanctions on Iran than anybody.

At least three US officials have blamed Iran for an attack on major Saudi oil facilities on Saturday, although Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for the strikes on same day. The official spoke on condition of anonymity given a lack of authorization to talk to the press. Iran vehemently denies the claim. "The way I look at it, this is the substitute for a military response, not the prelude to it". Such an outcome would embolden Iran and suggest that behavior that holds the global economy hostage will be met with impunity.

Earlier this week, Trump appeared to preview a forceful response to the attacks, saying the USA was "locked and loaded" to respond. "I don't think it's ever lived up to the potential it has".

Trump explained Monday that sanctions won't be taken off Iran as a requirement for talks, and that's what he meant when he declared "no preconditions". And then there is the economic blowback, which could imperil Trump's 2020 reelection campaign.

Israel election turnout could outpace April vote
If he wins, Netanyahu has pledged to annex the Jordan Valley in the West Bank , where Palestinians are seeking a separate state. Both Netanyahu and Gantz, 60, have tried to energize their bases, and poach votes from smaller parties.

Trump to ‘substantially increase’ sanctions on Iran, amid calls for war
Rouhani added that by blaming Iran, the USA policy of maximum pressure has turned into a policy of "maximum accusations". United Nations officials monitoring sanctions on Iran and Yemen were also heading to Saudi Arabia to investigate.

US believes Saudi oil attacks came from southwest Iran
Iran has retreated from full compliance with the deal since the US pullout, exceeding limits on uranium enrichment. Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump , in a tweet, said: "Saudi Arabia oil supply was attacked".

Reacting to President Donald Trump's latest move against Iran, Sen. The initiative already was doomed since the President is seeking to replace a nuclear deal that he walked out on last year-apparently confirming the view of Iranian hardliners that the USA can never be trusted.

President Donald Trump said Wednesday he's ordered new sanctions on Iran, the latest escalation in tensions between the two countries and one that follows the attack over the weekend on Saudi oil facilities that United States officials have pinned on Iran.

During a news conference in Riyadh on Wednesday, the Saudi defense ministry showed surveillance footage of the missiles traveling south from Iran and remnants of some of the Iranian drones used in the attack, they said.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that Yemenis carried out the attack as a "warning" to Saudi Arabia over its involvement leading a coalition fighting the Houthis.

Speaking to reporters in Los Angeles on Wednesday, the United States president said that he would outline new sanctions on Iran within 48 hours, after announcing them via Twitter earlier in the day. "We'll probably be speaking to you tomorrow".

Meanwhile, Saudi's energy minister, Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, announced Tuesday that half of the oil production cut by the attacks has been restored and that the kingdom expects to be producing 11 million barrels a day by the end of September, compared to 9.6 million before the attacks. While European governments have been battling to save the Iran nuclear deal, clear-cut evidence that Tehran was behind the attacks could drain the political capital sustaining their efforts. "So I don't believe I need to, but if we want to use strategic oil reserves, I would open them up". Britain, nurturing its "special relationship" with the U.S. as Brexit looms, has signed up. We have the strongest military in the world.

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