Saudi Arabia drone attacks – Johnson refuses to rule out military action

Sam Coates – Sky News Sept 23, 2019

Boris Johnson with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Click to enlarge

Britain has formally identified Iran as being behind drone and missile strikes on Saudi Arabian oil fields, raising the chance of the UK joining military efforts in the Middle East.

Boris Johnson says the UK government is attributing responsibility to the regime in Tehran “with a very high degree of probability”.

Flying to New York for the UN General Assembly, the prime minister said he wanted to “de-escalate tensions” but refused to rule out taking part in any coordinated military action if Britain is asked to do so.

The UK has followed the United States and Saudi Arabia in pointing the finger of blame at Iran, rather than accepting the claims of responsibility by Houthi rebels for the attacks a week ago – the Iranians have denied any involvement.

Drone and cruise missile strikes crippled the Khurais oil field and Abqaiq oil processing facility in eastern Saudi Arabia, a key part of the country’s oil production infrastructure.

Mike Pompey, the US Secretary of State, has called the attacks an “act of war”.

Mr Johnson has made it clear that he was prepared to consider all requests for assistance as he prepares to meet both President Donald Trump and President Hassan Rouhani of Iran in the sidelines of the UN meeting.

Speaking to reporters, Mr Johnson said: “Everyone wants to do what they can to bring the world together in response to what happened in Saudi Arabia in our management of Iran.

“The UK is attributing responsibility with a very high degree of probability to Iran for the Aramco attacks. We think it is very likely that Iran was indeed responsible. Using both UAVs, both drones and cruise missiles. The difficulty is how do we organise a global response – what is the way forward?

“We will be working with our American friends and our European friends to construct a response that tries to de-escalate tensions in the Gulf region.”

Britain is understood to have concluded that the Houthis claim it is responsible is implausible, based on imagery which sources said show remnants of Iranian-made missiles that have a range and sophistication inconsistent with the Houthis.

This level of sophistication, Britain believes, points to Iranian involvement which the British government has conclude is implausible without authorisation by the Iranian government

Asked whether he would rule out military action and stick with the Iran nuclear deal, Mr Johnson replied: “Well – on what kind of action we could take, you’ll have seen the Americans are proposing to do more to help to defend Saudi Arabia.

“We will be following that closely and clearly if we are asked by the Americans or Saudis to have a role, we will consider in what way we can be useful.”

Pressed on whether this could mean Britain taking part in military action, he replied: “We will consider all (options) if asked and depending on what exact plan.

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3 responses to “Saudi Arabia drone attacks – Johnson refuses to rule out military action”

  1. Some years ago i knew a girl very well
    i felt we were approcahing being boy and girl freind, and looked forward to that
    but she met a doctor from saudi arabia he was part of the Saudi royal family,
    and she refused to sleep with him before marriage
    Like many men he could not cope with this emotional blackmail so married her.
    She went to live in Saudi Arabia, she said she lived in a gilded palace with the Saudi Royals, she escaped under the first gulf war, and came home to the UK
    its important you rememeber what she said,
    ” the saudi royals are not Muslim they are jews “

  2. Who in our corrupt elite isn’t a Jew or Zionist? They want to topple or destroy Iran. The FED has restarted QE. The UK never stopped QE, they use Help2Buy and weaponised weather flooding pumps billions into the High Street economy. When the next stage of the collapse comes, they can’t blame the banks, because that was all fixed… not. Max Keiser had a guest on the other day who claimed UN population stats were rubbish and that the world population is going to tumble. Indonesia had a replacement rate of 3 per couple but over the last 15yrs, its been 2 per couple and China is heading for a massive collapse in population. He said other mechanisms could be used such as pandemics and war. This all makes sense given AI and robotics.

  3. Johnson is a US puppet. He cannot be trusted to run the UK following a NO DEAL Brexit.
    If he he signs up to a deal which includes handing over the UK’s sovereignty including the transfer of our military, intelligence services, and the Five Eyes to the EU bureaucrats, he will be subjected to the worst reprisals he can imagine.