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Iran's Zarif: U.S. 'posturing' by sending troops to Saudi Arabia in wake of attacks

Posted On: Sep 22, 2019   |   Posted By: Politico

Iran's Zarif: U.S. 'posturing' by sending troops to Saudi Arabia in wake of attacks

Iran's foreign minister said the U.S. is "posturing" by sending troops and defense equipment to Saudi Arabia in response to last week's attacks on a major Saudi Arabia oil facility, for which he again denied Iran was responsible. "I think it's posturing. I think it's all going the wrong direction in addressing this issue," Javad Zarif said in response to a question on how Iran sees the development in an interview set to air Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation." The Trump administration has blamed Iran for the Sep. 14 attack by Iran-backed Houthi rebels on Saudi Arabia's Abqaiq plant and its Khurais oil field that adversely affected up to half of the supplies from the world's biggest oil exporter. President Donald Trump on Friday approved the deployment of U.S. troops and missile defense equipment to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday said the attacks were an "act of war" while Trump announced he would "substantially increase" sanctions on Iran. Zarif also denied...

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