Monday, 21 October, 2019

US will 'defend' international order being 'undermined by Iran': Pentagon chief

Talks now unlikely between US President Donald Trump and counterpart Hassan Rouhani Talks now unlikely between US President Donald Trump and counterpart Hassan Rouhani
Russell Knight | 17 September, 2019, 13:05

Europe's benchmark Brent crude surged by 20 per cent and USA counterpart WTI by 15 per cent as commodities trading got underway and after President Donald Trump warned that the U.S. was "locked and loaded" to respond to the attacks that Washington blamed on Iran.

Condemnations of Saturday's attack on Saudi Aramco oil installations continued on Monday, as the United States pointed out Iran as the likely culprit behind the drone strikes that have dramatically escalated tensions in the region and triggered a record leap in global oil prices. He said the attacks had not been launched from Yemen and there was an investigation into "from where they were fired".

The German Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said, "Such an attack on civilian and vital infrastructure in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is not justified". His remarks come as the U.S. ratchets up its hostile posturing aimed at Iran.

Hours later, Gabbard criticized Trump for having to wait for instructions from Saudi Arabia, while using coarse language in her post. In a series of tweets after meeting with Trump and other senior national security officials, Esper said the administration was working with partner nations "to address this unprecedented attack and defend the global rules-based order that is being undermined by Iran".

Iran rejected the allegations, and a government spokesman said there now is "absolutely no chance" of a hoped-for meeting between Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Trump at the U.N. General Assembly next week.

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Downplaying any talk of imminent US military action, Vice-President Mike Pence's chief of staff, Marc Short, told reporters at the White House that Trump's "locked and loaded" was "a broad term that talks about the realities that" the U.S.is "safer and more secure domestically from energy independence".

"I think that "locked and loaded" is a broad term and talks about the realities that we're all far safer and more secure domestically from energy independence", Short said. India Today TV is India's leading English News Channel.

Trump has stepped up sanctions against Iran since past year when he withdrew from the nuclear pact between Iran and six world powers.

"The investigation is continuing and all indications are that weapons used in both attacks came from Iran", Col Turki al-Maliki told reporters in Riyadh, according to the French press agency, AFP.

A recent report by Kotak said that in light of the sharp rise in worldwide crude oil prices, Indian oil marketing companies (OMCs) may increase the retail price of diesel and gasoline by Rs 5 to 6 per litre in the following fortnight.

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