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Iran Foreign Minister Javad Zarif threatens war If the US should strike

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Iranian foreign minister, Javad Zarif has issued a strong warning to both the United States of America and Saudi Arabia of a possible ‘all-out war’ should either of the two countries decide to launch a military attack on its territory.

Javad Zarif as reported by CNN said Saudi Arabia would have to fight “to the last American soldier” if they should go the military way, but hoped to avoid conflict. He added that the country was willing to talk to its regional rivals Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. But the possibility of a return to negotiations with the US, however, would not happen unless Washington provided full sanctions relief as promised under the 2015 nuclear deal, Tehran’s top diplomat said.

Javad Zarif denied Tehran’s involvement in last weekend attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities, which dramatically ratcheted up tensions in the region this week. Zarif said Yemen’s Iranian-backed Houthi rebels, who claimed responsibility for the attack, have stepped up their military capabilities and are capable of conducting a sophisticated operation such as the one that knocked out half of the kingdom’s energy production, CNN reported.

Javad Zarif in the interview said:

“I cannot have any confidence that they did it because we just heard their statement,” said Zarif. “I know that we didn’t do it. I know that the Houthis made a statement that they did it.”

The US and Saudi officials have repeatedly dismissed Houthi claims of responsibility in the weekend attacks. Instead, they have highlighted Iran’s alleged involvement in the incident.

At a news conference on Wednesday, Saudi Ministry of Defense spokesman Turki al-Malki said weapons that missed their targets were found to be Iranian-made. He also said that investigations revealed that the drones and missiles were likely launched from the north of the kingdom, and not from the direction of Yemen, which lies southwest of the country.

Asked what the consequence of a US or Saudi military strike on Iran would be, Zarif said: “All-out war.”

“I make a very serious statement about defending our country. I am making a very serious statement that we don’t want to engage in a military confrontation,” said Zarif. He added that a military response based on “deception” about the weekend attacks would cause “a lot of casualties.”

“But we won’t blink to defend our territory,” he said.

President Trump on his part, condemned the attack on Saudi Arabia, while also announcing possible new sanctions on Iran for allegedly sponsoring the attack on Saudi oil facilities.

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