Trump says U.S. response to oil attack depends on Saudi Arabia's assessment

State Mike Pompeo attends a news conference with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in Berlin Friday

There had been reports about a possible meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, during the upcoming UN General Assembly this month in NY.

Iran's supreme leader announced on Tuesday that "there will be no talks with the U.S.at any level" - remarks apparently meant to end all speculation about a possible U.S. -Iran meeting between the two countries' presidents at the United Nations later this month. But he stressed that military retaliation was not yet on the table in response to the strike against a key U.S. Mideast ally. "They should know that this policy has no value for us", said Khamenei, who has the last say on all state matters.

This image provided on September 15, 2019, by the United States government and DigitalGlobe and annotated by the source, shows damage to the infrastructure at Saudi Aramco's Abaqaiq oil processing facility in Buqyaq, Saudi Arabia.

United States Defense Secretary Mike Esper said Monday that the U.S. military is preparing a response to the attack on major Saudi Arabia oil facilities.

Mr Pompeo rejected claims by Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi rebels that they had carried out the attacks.

Iran rules out meeting with the US President Trump and Rouhani.


Hours later, Gabbard criticized Trump for having to wait for instructions from Saudi Arabia, while using coarse language in her post.

Unnamed US officials were quoted in US media outlets as saying Iranian cruise missiles were used in Saturday's attack on an oil field and processing plant.

Trump has stepped up sanctions against Iran since past year when he withdrew from the nuclear pact between Iran and six world powers and reimposed sanctions that were lifted under the deal in return for Iran curbing its nuclear programme.

"Currently we don't see any sign from the Americans which has honesty in it, and if the current state continues there will be absolutely no chance of a meeting between the two presidents", spokesman Ali Rabiei said.

The prices of oil after the drone attack has doubled as Saudi Halves the oil production. Major stock indexes in Europe also fell.

However, Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said that "blaming Iran won't end the disaster" in Yemen.

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