Iran’s foreign minister threatens ‘all-out war’

Written by NYpost | Source: NYpost | September 19, 2019 08:03 AM

Iran’s foreign minister warned Thursday of an “all-out war” if the US or Saudi Arabia launch military strikes in retaliation for the drone-and-missile attacks on Saudi oil sites.

Javad Zarif told CNN that Tehran hoped to avoid conflict, adding that the country was willing to hold discussions with its regional rivals Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

But the top Iranian diplomat rejected negotiations with Washington unless the US provided full sanctions relief as promised under the 2015 nuclear deal, which President Trump pulled out of last year.

Zarif again denied Iran’s involvement in weekend attacks on the Saudi oil facilities.

He added that Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels — who have claimed responsibility for the attacks – have the know-how to carry out a sophisticated operation like the one that knocked out half of the kingdom’s energy production.

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