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Мая 15, 2019

The two Saudi ships were among the four vessels reportedly sabotaged in the Gulf of Oman, off the eastern coast of the UAE near the port city of Fujairah.

Saudi Arabia said the two petroleum pumping stations that were struck by drones are located in the greater region of Riyadh.

Such drones remain hard to shoot down with either light or heavy weapons.

Majid Takht-Ravanchi, Iran's ambassador to the United Nations, dismissed the offer, saying there are no guarantees that the United States would stick to another nuclear agreement after Trump violated the first agreement almost one year ago. "Not only does the entire global community have a hangover [from] 2003, [but] the level of awareness of sleepwalking into another conflict that could potentially be much more risky and have wider regional implications, particularly those for European security, is making everybody very cautious".

Days later, Iran marked the anniversary of President Donald Trump withdrawing the USA from Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers by announcing it also would begin backing away from the accord.

Noam Raydan, a geopolitical analyst at the tanker tracker Clipper Data, said that the information made available thus far has "raised more questions than answers".

"God willing we will pass this hard period with glory and our heads held high, and defeat the enemy", Rouhani said at a late night meeting with clerics. Iran may fire rockets at Israel'.

A senior European diplomat voiced scepticism that Trump's "maximum pressure" strategy would force Iran to capitulate. In the meantime, we could see some price swings.

Saudi Arabia, along with the United Arab Emirates, leads a regional coalition of Sunni Muslim nations fighting the northern Shiite Houthi rebels who are aligned with Iran's Shiite theocracy.

As usual, social media were quick to react with many blaming the most obvious culprit-Iran-as the "sabotage" came on the heels of USA warnings to commercial and military vessels in the Persian Gulf of possible action from Iranian forces.

"It should be noted that Iran operated in the 1980s against the Marines in Beirut - through Hezbollah - and claimed the lives of hundreds".

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Yemen plunged into civil war in 2014 when Iran-backed rebels captured the capital, Sanaa.

The Strait of Hormuz, a major energy waterway in the world, has witnessed a war of statements between Tehran, Washington, and Gulf states.

There is growing concern that the attacks on oil installations in Saudi Arabia could increase tensions with Iran.

The Associated Press said that Emirati officials had declined a request for its journalists to be permitted to approach the vessels up close by ship and inspect the damage.

The military buildup, announced earlier in May, came as the U.S. tightened sanctions it reinstated on Tehran after exiting the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

The dispatch of the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier group, the amphibious assault vessel, a Patriot missile battery and the bombers has triggered fears of a possible military confrontation.

But even as all the hardware and people line up across the region, there are indicators that neither side wants this to get out of hand.

Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran's foreign minister, also expressed worry on Tuesday, saying: "We had previously predicted that such actions would occur to create tensions in the region".

Iran's leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a tweet that, "We don't seek a war, nor do they".

Iran's foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi has asked for more details, reported Al Jazeera, quoting Iran's official IRNA news agency.

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