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Saudi Arabia ‘seeks to avert war, ready to respond with force’

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Saudi Arabia wants to avert war in the region but stands ready to respond with “all strength and determination” after last week’s attacks on Saudi oil assets, a senior official said, adding that the ball was now in Iran’s court.

Riyadh has accused Tehran of ordering Tuesday’s drone attacks on two oil pumping stations in the kingdom, claimed by Yemen’s Houthi group.

The attack came two days after four vessels, including two Saudi oil tankers, were sabotaged off the coast of the United Arab Emirates.

Iran has denied it was behind the attacks which come as Washington and the Islamic republic spar over sanctions and the US military presence in the region, raising concerns about a potential US-Iran conflict.

“The kingdom of Saudi Arabia does not want a war in the region nor does it seek that,” Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir told a news conference on Sunday.

“It will do what it can to prevent this war and at the same time it reaffirms that in the event the other side chooses war, the kingdom will respond with all force and determination, and it will defend itself and its interests.”

A senior Iranian military commander was similarly quoted as saying his country is not looking for war, in comments published in Iranian media on Sunday.

The remarks came as Saudi Arabia’s King Salman invited Gulf and Arab leaders to convene emergency summits in Mecca on May 30 to discuss implications of the attacks.

“The current critical circumstances entail a unified Arab and Gulf stance toward the besetting challenges and risks,” the UAE foreign ministry said.

The US Navy’s Fifth Fleet, in a statement about increased maritime patrols, said Gulf countries were “specifically increasing communication and coordination with each other in support of regional naval cooperation and maritime security operations in the Arabian Gulf”.

Their navies and coastguards working with the US Navy, it said.

The UAE has not blamed anyone for the tanker operation, pending an investigation.

No one has claimed responsibility, but two US government sources said last week that US officials believed Iran had encouraged the Houthi group or Iraq-based Shia militias to carry it out. The Houthis claimed the attack on the pipelines.

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‘Not afraid’

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has dismissed the possibility of war erupting, saying Tehran did not want conflict and no country had the “illusion it can confront Iran”.

This stance was echoed by the head of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards on Sunday.

“We are not pursuing war but we are also not afraid of war,” Major General Hossein Salami was cited as saying by the semi-official news agency Tasnim.

Washington has tightened economic sanctions against Iran, trying to cut Tehran’s oil exports to zero, and beefed up the US military presence in the Gulf in response to what it said were Iranian threats to US troops and interests. It has not offered details of the nature of the threat.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman discussed regional developments, including efforts to strengthen security and stability, in a phone call with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the Saudi Media Ministry tweeted on Sunday.

“We want peace and stability in the region but we will not sit on our hands in light of the continuing Iranian attack,” al-Jubeir said. “The ball is in Iran’s court and it is up to Iran to determine what its fate will be.”

He said the crew of an Iranian oil tanker that had been towed to Saudi Arabia early this month after a request for help due to engine trouble were still in the kingdom receiving the “necessary care”. The crew are 24 Iranians and two Bangladeshis.

Saudi Arabia and Iran are adversaries in the Middle East, backing opposite sides in several regional wars.

In a sign of the heightened tension, Exxon Mobil evacuated foreign staff from an oilfield in neighbouring Iraq.

Bahrain on Saturday warned its citizens against travel to Iraq and Iran and asked those already there to return.

The Federal Aviation Administration has issued an advisory to US commercial airliners flying over the waters of the Gulf and the Gulf of Oman to exercise caution.

Al Jazeera



31 Comments on "Saudi Arabia ‘seeks to avert war, ready to respond with force’"

  1. Anonymouse on Mon, 27th May 2019 5:47 pm 

    Saudi Arabia wants to avert war in the region.

    Ops, editing fail at Al-Jewzeera.

    Saudi Arabia wants war in the region.

    There we go….

    “Riyadh has accused Tehran of ordering Tuesday’s drone attacks on two oil pumping stations in the kingdom, claimed by Yemen’s Houthi group.”

    Just as I suggested when this un-substantiated story was first planted. I said that the towel heads would eventually get around to blaming Iran directly at a later date. That didn’t take them too long now did it? This latest bit of hot-air from the ‘sauds’ should not worry though. Despite 100s? of billions of the Jewnited States and (friends), best weapons, and direct assistance from said friends, the towel heads cannot defeat one of the poorest and most wretched nations on Earth. The saudi military, to their credit, is highly effective when pitted against women and the un-armed and powerless. Against anyone that can fight back? I dont think Iran has much to be worried about here to be honest. Their amerikan and jew masters? Different story.

  2. onlooker on Mon, 27th May 2019 6:02 pm 

    Yes, sounds like Al Jazerra works for the western ministry if truth ie. lies. “Saudi paper, close to MBS, calls on US to strike Iran ” https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20190517-saudi-paper-close-to-mbs-calls-on-us-to-strike-iran/

  3. Anonymouse on Mon, 27th May 2019 6:31 pm 

    I’m a obsessive stalker but sometimes I take a stab at being serious.

  4. More Davy Identity Theft on Mon, 27th May 2019 7:21 pm 

    Demented Davy on Mon, 27th May 2019 6:31 pm

  5. DerHundistLos on Mon, 27th May 2019 8:12 pm 

    Story about Chinese illegal development that has clear cut pristine rainforest and destroyed coral reefs on the island of Fiji. Then appeals to government of Fiji to expel White men environmentalists. Typical disgusting behavior.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1UrPJzi0XU

  6. Davy on Mon, 27th May 2019 8:59 pm 

    “Warning: Widespread Facial Surveillance Is An “Imminent Reality””
    https://tinyurl.com/yxwo7xrf zero hedge

    “The dystopian future George Orwell warned us all about in his iconic novel, 1984 has quickly become our reality. Widespread facial surveillance in the “land of the free” is an “imminent reality.””

    “A tech privacy report, that has been swept under the rug by the mainstream media has declared that Americans are about to live through the very world Orwell wrote of. Georgetown researchers are warning Americans about a sophisticated real-time face surveillance system that’s about to become an “imminent reality” for millions of citizens across the country. Ground zero, though, appears to be Detroit.

    The “America Under Watch” report is a warning that authorities in select U.S. cities may soon be able to pick you out from a crowd, identify you, and trace your movements via a secret network of cameras constantly capturing images of your face.”

    “ Mass surveillance of every single human being living in the U.S. has become a nightmarish dystopian reality.”

  7. makati1 on Mon, 27th May 2019 8:59 pm 

    Der, and how many islands has the US destroyed in their nuke tests? Want to see?

    “A Time-Lapse Map of Every Nuclear Explosion Since 1945 – by Isao Hashimoto’

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLCF7vPanrY

    “Radioactive waste from 43 nuclear explosions is LEAKING into the Pacific because a reinforced concrete dome built by the US military on an island to store it is disappearing under the sea”

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5340465/Concrete-dome-holding-radioactive-waste-LEAKING.html

    “60 Minutes is an American news magazine and television program that is broadcast on the CBS television network” WIKI CBS, a prime US propaganda outlet. If it was an American company doing the same thing it would never be news.

    American hypocrites in action…

  8. DerHundistLos on Mon, 27th May 2019 9:36 pm 

    Mak-

    Nope. 60 Minutes out of Australia.

    In terms of nuclear bomb tests, we stopped doing that MANY decades ago.

    What the Chinks are doing is in 2019. I hated them in Vietnam and I hate them now.

  9. DerHundistLos on Mon, 27th May 2019 9:40 pm 

    Mak- See, you start spouting off without even reviewing the evidence.

    You are so blind in your hatred of the US and you have your goddamn nose so far up the chinks’ ass, that what is right and wrong doesn’t matter to you.

    I sure as hell hope you were not a damn traitor during Vietnam.

    Shameful.

  10. makati1 on Mon, 27th May 2019 10:06 pm 

    Der, your Sinophobia is bursting your brain.

    1. What does it matter WHEN the US destroyed whole islands if the radioactivity is still killing and will for thousands of years?

    2. 60 Minutes is the same company in all countries. The same propaganda. The same bullshit. A US ass kisser.

    3. I did review it, it was as I claimed, propaganda, anti China brainwashing. Not even make the news if it was a US or Australian company. Selective hypocrisy Der?

    BTW: The Aussies are doing a good job of destroying its coral reefs in the name of $$$, why should Fuji be different? its ALL about $$$. Everything is these days. If you have more, you make the laws or ignore them. If you have less, well…. lol

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/southern-crossroads/2013/dec/15/great-barrier-reef-destruction-abbot-point-greg-hunt

    it’s ALL about $$$ today, Der. Nothing is safe from corporatism/capitalism. Nothing. At least they didn’t go into Fiji and kill people like Americansd do when they want to own something. Money will always talk. That a few surfers got kick in the ass is nothing today. Ask Libya, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, etc.

    As for “hating the US” I hate what it has become. I hate what it is doing to the rest of the world. I want it to die or at least be brought down to a 3rd world level do it can experience what it is doing to others. So be it. Today would be just fine with me.

  11. Sissyfuss on Mon, 27th May 2019 10:36 pm 

    Saudi crown princes response to Iran; ” Don’t make me go Kashoggi on your ass!”

  12. Cloggie on Mon, 27th May 2019 10:43 pm 

    The only time when TheHound displays a modicum of criticism towards his beloved US, is when WW2 is concerned. No doubt because he has German roots himself.

    I have no illussions regarding China. China is the power that will dominate the 21st century, if it isn’t contained.

    Yet I’m glad that China and Russia exist to contain the US. The US is the single most aggressive, vile, hypocrite, scheming, murderous pos in the world since 1933, with Europe at the receiving end.

    I have just been watching Dutch left-leaning dissidents on MH17 (Dutch):

    https://youtu.be/hiSYilUcgMk

    It was an anti-Russian setup from the beginning, with no other motive than to frame Putin. And my own disgusting Dutch government of US cock suckers, of whom more than 200 of its own citizens were sacrifized for US geopolitical interests, simply play along, in return for 122 ton of repatriated DUTCH GOLD.

    The satanic US government is trying to subvert and overthrow EVERY SINGLE GOVERNMENT on this godforsaken earth that is not yet dancing to the tune of Washington, all the while replacing the US white population with third world invaders.

    It is only since Iraq that finally the US is running out of steam and the racial tensions finally have arrived in Washington, regardless if DJT is sincere or not in defending the interests of European America (I think he is, but he is sabotaged whereever they can).

    I hope and expect that the American white right manages to escape from Washington and its own extinction and split the country up and as such deprive Washington of the stick it has to attack other countries.

  13. Cloggie on Mon, 27th May 2019 10:53 pm 

    There goes the great hero of the left:

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/martin-luther-king-rape-fbi-tapes-video-mlk-laugh-files-a8932206.html

    “Martin Luther King Jr ‘watched and laughed’ as woman was raped, secret FBI recordings allege”

    Just another jungle bunny and weapon in kosher hands against the white world.

    Martin Looting King

    “I had a wet dream!”

  14. makati1 on Mon, 27th May 2019 11:09 pm 

    Cloggie, I don’t see how China can be “contained” without a major war and nukes. Then, it will not matter. It is now pulling ahead of the US in so many areas.

    The New Silk Road (BRI) is going forward and again, it will take a major war to stop it. Many of the world’s countries have already signed on. Over 70 so far.

  15. AOC-the-muzzies-lover-akafmr-paultard on Mon, 27th May 2019 11:45 pm 

    ramadan is when muzzies intensify killing so be careful.
    day 22 https://thereligionofpeace.com is up to 586

    “and when the sacred month has passed shoot muzzie imams with .22 to the head wherever you find them.”

    K9:5

  16. Cloggie on Tue, 28th May 2019 12:49 am 

    Cloggie, I don’t see how China can be “contained” without a major war and nukes. Then, it will not matter. It is now pulling ahead of the US in so many areas.

    The USSR was contained by the West for decades without a major war, after the USSR and USA teamed up since 1933 and plotted to get Europe destroyed. Revenge for that is under way, Washington, but I digress.

    China needs to be contained by an alliance of the EU, Russia and balkanized white parts of the US, after CW2. To that end, let’s have a major clash between China and the US in the SCS first.

    “Contained” does not mean that Greater Europe and China necessarily are to become each others deadly enemies. “Contained” means that Europe+Russia should have credible means to withstand China in case they would decide to copy the US and try to conquer the entire planet.

    But actually, I do not think that China has these plans. They are too introvert, nationalistic. Just like Germany btw.

    My expectation is a world where Europe and China are the parents and the rest of the world the children (“now don’t play with these nuclear fire crackers, Mohamed, otherwise you get you juicy brown butt spanked!”)

  17. Cloggie on Tue, 28th May 2019 1:26 am 

    “I had a wet dream!”

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7071713/FBI-tapes-Martin-Luther-King-Jr-40-affairs-laughed-friend-raped-parishioner.html

    It was already well-known that MLK was a first grade adulterer.

    Just like that nice “Dr Cosby”, that other fake hero of the left.

  18. makati1 on Tue, 28th May 2019 1:33 am 

    But Cloggie, the USSR was/is NOT China. And there were sane heads in those days that had MAD to guide their actions. Now there is only mad, as insane, on the part of the US and Europe.

    Your dream of the US, Russia and Europe teaming up is not likely to happen. Not ever. The financial collapse will see to that. Russia is betting their future on China, not Europe. Europe is a place to sell stuff, nothing more. A worn out, used up, decaying area like the US. China is still growing by any measure.

    China has been China for over 5,000 years. At least twice as long as any European country has existed as a single country. Building a new Silk Road does not sound “introverted” to me. It sounds like a great plan for the future of Eurasia, but the West will not control it and that is a very good thing, no matter how much it pisses the US off.

    It is time for the West to step aside and let the rest of the planet grow and move forward.

  19. makati1 on Tue, 28th May 2019 1:42 am 

    “How Not to Get Raped in The Netherlands”

    https://dutchreview.com/culture/dutchness/how-not-to-get-raped-in-the-netherlands/

    “Europe’s Rape Epidemic: Western Women Will Be Sacrificed At The Altar Of Mass Migration”

    https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2015/10/06/europes-rape-epidemic-western-women-will-be-sacrificed-at-the-alter-of-mass-migration/

    The last article describes how your leaders are deliberately taking down the West.

  20. Davy on Tue, 28th May 2019 3:40 am 

    “I have no illussions regarding China. China is the power that will dominate the 21st century, if it isn’t contained.”

    China will be one of the powers dominating the 21st century. They are heading down along with the rest of the global powers in a decline process. It is a decaying multipower world with no superpower hegemony.

  21. JuanP on Tue, 28th May 2019 3:41 am 

    JuanP posting

    Davy on Mon, 27th May 2019 8:59 pm
    “Warning: Widespread Facial Surveillance Is An “Imminent Reality””
    https://tinyurl.com/yxwo7xrf zero hedge

  22. Davy on Tue, 28th May 2019 3:53 am 

    “China needs to be contained by an alliance of the EU, Russia and balkanized white parts of the US, after CW2. To that end, let’s have a major clash between China and the US in the SCS first.”
    This is all one needs to know about the cloggo. I am curious why he didn’t display his kindergarten PBM map of the world. He says he is a tech giant but the map looks like he doesn’t have any tech skills.

    “Contained” does not mean that Greater Europe and China necessarily are to become each others deadly enemies. “Contained” means that Europe+Russia should have credible means to withstand China in case they would decide to copy the US and try to conquer the entire planet.”
    AH, Europeans designed the templet for conquering the world then they destroyed themselves in two world wars. The US picked up the pieces.

    “But actually, I do not think that China has these plans. They are too introvert, nationalistic. Just like Germany btw.”
    Wow, oblivious cloggo. Xi inspiration is Mao.

    “My expectation is a world where Europe and China are the parents and the rest of the world the children (“now don’t play with these nuclear fire crackers, Mohamed, otherwise you get you juicy brown butt spanked!”)”
    Man, what a warp mind. YOUR expectations not a realistic understanding of reality. Cloggo, you are drifting off into irrelevance with your fantasy.

  23. Davy on Tue, 28th May 2019 3:55 am 

    “I had a wet dream!”
    It was already well-known that MLK was a first grade adulterer.
    Just like that nice “Dr Cosby”, that other fake hero of the left.”

    Why the off topic racist shit, cloggo? Who cares about your tabloid shit.

  24. joe on Tue, 28th May 2019 8:40 am 

    “The last article describes how your leaders are deliberately taking down the West.”

    Or, deliberately building up their own riches.
    Nobodys gonna tell me that Mrs Merkel didn’t get a fat check from Saudi Arabia for letting in all those migrants. Money can make life allot easier. Germany spent literally billions feeding and housing and ‘educating’ these people who arrived fully grown (no cost of education) and more or less healthy (since the old and sick were left behind), sadly it was good idea, but bad policy. The long term impact of such a high level of mass migration is unknown. Since the impact of low level migration (like Judaism to Europe, or migration of Angles and Saxons to Britain or Turkish migration to the Balkans) is clear and documented, its seems obvious that the impact of mass migration will be as strong and much faster.
    Merkel also wrongly assumed these people would be spread around Europe, on this idea rests her biggest failure. The migrants have been settled now in Germany for almost 4 years now, they wont be going anywhere, ever. The US at least has a leader willing and able to say no and defend Americas borders. Even if they hate him for it. They can sleep safe in their beds believing they are not bigots. Many Germans used to say that. Now they wake at 5 am with the call to prayer ringing in their ears.

  25. Robert Inget on Tue, 28th May 2019 8:59 am 

    https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/5/26/18640654/lindsey-graham-trump-invade-venezuela-reagan-grenada

    Lindsey Graham proposes invading Venezuela to oust Maduro
    Graham believes the threat of an invasion could check what he says is Cuban influence in the country.

    By Eric Kleefeld May 26, 2019, 4:27pm EDT

  26. Davy on Tue, 28th May 2019 9:15 am 

    “Beijing Won’t Dump Treasuries, But It Might Stop Buying Them, Reinhart Says”
    https://tinyurl.com/y5va8oj8 zero hedge

    “The scary scenario that China’s going to come in and sell U.S. Treasuries wholesale, I don’t think that’s going to happen,” Reinhart said. However, while explaining her reasoning, Reinhart repeated a canard that, for whatever reason, has been widely accepted by economists: That Beijing would brook losses if it decided to liquidate its Treasury holdings. However, over the past ten years, the PBOC has bought the bonds at an average yield of 3.3%. That leaves room for Beijing to sell $700 billion of its $1.1 trillion pile before pushing yields to the breakeven point (note: Beijing owns roughly 5% of Treasury debt). “China’s approach is also very pragmatic. Do you really want to sustain a capital loss? They’re the largest holder, does it even make sense? No.” Instead, Reinhart argued that the ‘the flows are where the action is.’ “I think the flow is where the action is, namely that purchases of U.S. Treasuries are going to slow.”

    “WHAT IS THE RISK TO THE UNITED STATES IF CHINA SELLS? Most analysts agree that large-scale selling by Beijing would disrupt the Treasury market and other markets. An abrupt shift in the balance of supply and demand could drive down Treasury prices, and drive up their yields, which move in the opposition direction to prices. That would cause a spike in borrowing costs for the U.S. government. Also, because Treasury yields are a benchmark for U.S. consumer and business credit, interest rates on everything from corporate bonds to homeowners’ mortgages would rise, likely slowing the economy. Such a jarring move would also erode global investors’ confidence in the U.S. dollar as the world’s top reserve currency. WHAT IS THE RISK TO CHINA IF IT DUMPS TREASURIES? Most analysts argue China has not opted to sell Uncle Sam’s IOUs because a nosedive in U.S. bond prices also would bring down the value of China’s remaining Treasury holdings. Also, China’s currency, the yuan, is not fully free floating. Beijing uses its Treasury holdings as a key tool to stabilize the yuan within a targeted range, against the dollar in particular. Some critics have alleged China uses Treasuries and its other currency reserves to hold down the yuan, making its exports more attractive. At the same time, allowing the currency to cheapen too much risks other problems, such as foreign capital flight. Any sharp depreciation in the greenback might force Beijing to defend the yuan, which may mean shedding more of its Treasuries stake. Back in 2016, China’s Treasuries holdings fell sharply by some $200 billion from May to November of that year as the yuan depreciated on worries about the Chinese economy. Lastly, any knock-on effect in the U.S. economy would also be felt in China because the United States is the destination for nearly a fifth of Chinese exports.”

  27. Davy on Tue, 28th May 2019 10:25 am 

    “Beijing “Seriously Considering” Rare-Earth Export Ban”
    https://tinyurl.com/yxo9omce zero hedge

    “Following what was a mostly quiet holiday weekend for trade-war-related rhetoric (other than a dollop of trade-deal optimism offer by President Trump, little was said by either side), Beijing has started the holiday-shortened week by reiterating threats to embrace what we have described as a ‘nuclear’ option: restricting exports of rare earth metals to the US.”

    “Global Times editor Hu Xijin, who has emerged as one of the most influential Communist Party mouthpieces since President Trump increased tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods, tweeted that China is “seriously considering restricting rare earths exports to the US.”

    “There are signs that these warnings should be taken seriously: One week ago, President Xi and Vice Premier Liu He, China’s top trade negotiator, visited a rare earth metals mine in Jiangxi province. Rare earths, which are vital for the manufacture of everything from microchips to batteries, to LED displays to night-vision goggles, have been excluded from US tariffs.”

    “Beijing is limited in its ability to retaliate against Washington’s tariffs by the fact that there simply aren’t enough American-made goods flowing into the Chinese market.”

  28. JuanP on Tue, 28th May 2019 10:56 am 

    It is amazing how juanpee has learned to make comments with article references in the Davy format which BTW is the best. Good for you juanpee.

    Davy on Tue, 28th May 2019 10:25 am
    “Beijing “Seriously Considering” Rare-Earth Export Ban”
    https://tinyurl.com/yxo9omce zero hedge

  29. More Davy Identity Theft on Tue, 28th May 2019 11:23 am 

    JuanP on Tue, 28th May 2019 10:56 am

  30. JuanP on Tue, 28th May 2019 12:21 pm 

    more juanpee gaming the board with his personality disorders

    More Davy Identity Theft on Tue, 28th May 2019 11:23 am
    JuanP on Tue, 28th May 2019 10:56 am

  31. Cloggie on Tue, 28th May 2019 12:51 pm 

    The last article describes how your leaders are deliberately taking down the West.

    I know, they do that as vassals of the US, but the end of that is in sight. We are facing a western equivalent of 1989 and once we get rid of the US as overlord, multicult will be abolished and after that the sky is the limit. I have never been more upbeat about the future than now.

    “Beijing “Seriously Considering” Rare-Earth Export Ban”

    China is hitting back with counter sanctions, eh? Only the US, not Europe. One wonders what these major players could have agreed upon behind closed doors.

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