IRAN’S foreign minister has warned of ‘all-out war’ if there is any attack on his country over drone and missile strikes on Saudi Arabian oil installations.
Mohammad Javad Zarif’s comments appeared to be in response to US secretary of state Mike Pompeo, who referred to the attack as an ‘act of war’.
Mr Zarif (pictured) told CNN: ‘We don’t want to engage in a military confrontation. But we won’t blink to defend our territory.’ Asked about the response to a US or Saudi strike, Mr Zarif said: ‘All-out war.’ It would cause ‘a lot of casualties’, he stressed. He added that any sanctions placed on Iran by the US after president Donald Trump pulled out of the nuclear deal would need to be lifted before any further negotiations took place.
Mr Pompeo yesterday met Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to discuss Saturday’s attack, which halved the kingdom’s oil production.
Yemen’s Iranian-backed Houthi rebels have claimed the attack, but the US blames Iran. On Twitter, Mr Pompeo wrote: ‘The Iranian regime’s threatening behaviour will not be tolerated.’