Disputing Trump Claims, Japan Says No Evidence Iran Was Behind Saudi Attack

Jake Johnson – Common Dreams Sept 18, 2019

Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono. Click to enlarge

Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono told reporters Wednesday that he has not seen any intelligence indicating Iran was behind the attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities over the weekend, contradicting Saudi and Trump administration claims about the incident.

“We are not aware of any information that points to Iran,” Kono said during a press briefing. “We believe the Houthis carried out the attack based on the statement claiming responsibility.”

The only evidence the Trump administration has released to substantiate its claim of Iranian responsibility are satellite photos that experts said are not clear enough to assign blame. Ret. Gen. Mark Hertling, a CNN intelligence analyst, said the images “really don’t show anything, other than pretty good accuracy on the strike of the oil tanks.”

Kono said Japan, an ally of both Iran and the U.S., is still in the process of determining who was behind the attacks, which were allegedly carried out by drones.

“Given Japan’s strong ties with the U.S. based on the U.S.-Japan Alliance, and the relationship of trust that Japan has with various countries located in the Middle East, Japan is in a position to fulfill a mediating role,” said Kono.

The defense minister’s statement is the second time this year Japan has contradicted the Trump administration’s attempt to pin an attack on Iran with insufficient evidence. In June, as Common Dreams reported, the Trump administration blamed Iran for an explosion that damaged a Japanese oil tanker in the Gulf of Oman. Yutaka Katada, president of the Japanese company that owns the tanker, publicly disputed the White House’s account of the attack.

Japan is not the only major nation to express skepticism about the Trump administration’s rush to blame Iran for the attacks, which briefly paralyzed Saudi oil production and sent crude prices soaring.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Tuesday that he is not aware of evidence demonstrating Iranian involvement, despite claims by U.S. and Saudi officials.

“Up to now France doesn’t have proof permitting it to say that these drones came from such and such a place, and I don’t know if anyone has proof,” said Le Drian. “We need a strategy of de-escalation for the area, and any move that goes against this de-escalation would be a bad move for the situation in the region.”


6 responses to “Disputing Trump Claims, Japan Says No Evidence Iran Was Behind Saudi Attack”

  1. Fukushima 2?

  2. The credibility of the Westers military powers is almost nil. To this experienced Barrister they have exposed themselves to the rest of the world as bullying, grabbing, hucksters.
    The must know the balance of power has already shifted from them to the East…no amount of repetition by Trump the USA (with a foreign debt of soome 30 trillion dollars) is the most powerful country in the world is going to fool the other nations. In International Law his country must stand condemned as the worst offender, having breached the laws relating to Peace and to War not once or twice but from about the 1950’s to date!

  3. It looks like Japan is also waking up and saying enough to the US-UK-Israeli-led axis constantly threatening military action and wars unless other nations do exactly what they want. There is an never-ending stream of false flags, insurgencies, destabilizations, regime-changes, fake news, bribes, blackmail, assassinations, terrorism ,invasions and plundering always spewing forth from the ruling establishments of these nations against the rest of the world and their own people.

  4. The USA keep trying very hard to take the World into another war, with Israel pressing hard for it to Happen with Netanyahu at the Head at the head of affairs as usual as 911 And the London transport Bombings,

  5. Fukushima 2?

    Fukushima 1 was a hit by Bibi on Japan because they dared to rebuke the Zionists:

    March 11, 2010

    “The Government of Japan deplores the decisions of the Government of Israel to give permission for the construction of 1,600 housing units in East Jerusalem in addition to 112 units in West Bank just after the Israeli and Palestinian leadership’s acceptance of the start of indirect talks. The Government of Japan does not recognize any act that prejudges the final status of Jerusalem and the territories in the pre-1967 borders. Japan demands that the plans should not be implemented.

    The Government of Japan continues to request strongly that both parties will act in a way that enhances mutual confidence. Japan sincerely hopes that the indirect talks in the peace process will swiftly develop into the resumption of direct talks between the two parties.”

    As punishment Israel nuke Japan on 3-11-2001 (one year later)


    I’ve made the claim in hundreds of essays that Bibi Netanyahu was the prophecized antichrist who brings the world down. Is his term over, is his spell on the world broken?

    Haaretz thinks so, let us all hope that Bibi gets prosecuted to the full extent of the law and all the preachers in Amerika who helped this butcher also get arrested for aiding and abetting Israel which did 911.

  6. I would like to point out how absolutely evil Faith can be, I cite the following article by a Zionist fanatic Jan Meader Ministries who thinks “god” punished Japan for rebuking the Israel criminal acts. Read this to see how the believer thinks:


    She says “That’s some pretty strong language–language imposed against God’s people and God’s land” for Japan supporting Palestinians. Sorry Jan, the hand of evil was not from God, it was from the US-Israel alliance that pulls false flags in a never ending terror campaign. Belief has made the believer blind.

    Everyone on this website understands that modern Jews are fake and have no claim to Palestine. But those facts don’t matter, who cares if Netanyahu real name is Mileikowky with no Semitc DNA. And who cares if Israel is the gay capital of the world – so does god support that, and what does the Bible say about men laying with men.

    I would add that the Bible tales of wandering Jews in the desert are fabrications and respin on early Sumerian myths. Israeli archeology has ended this myth but so many fanatics don’t know and don’t care and go right on killing the natives because of their intense Bible beliefs.

    Some people say the bible is a good book, i contest that claim, if your faith harms others maybe its time your book is taken away from you because obviously it has made you religious psychopath because you think this one book is what god said. God didn’t write the Bible, liars did and the proof is in the desert.

    Shlomo Sand, an Israeli Emeritus Professor of History at Tel Aviv University, says the Jewish people are invented and King David never existed. Of course, the joke is that modern people actually dug all around Israel trying to prove Bible authenticity when they could of just realized it wasn’t true based on Jewish tendency never to tell the truth about anything. Doubt that? The official spin on 911 is all Jewish lies.

    Here is the truth no one can hear, the Bible is the destroyer of the modern civilized world, that book has empowered pure evil to take over western nations, that book has unleashed hell on all of us. I say enough is enough, the Holy Bible is neither holy or good and it is not about God.