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Iranian opposition to unveil Iran’s role in Saudi Arabia’s Aramco attack

Soona Samsami, Director of he U.S. Representative Office of the Iranian opposition coalition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) during a press conference in Washington D.C.(File)
Soona Samsami, Director of he U.S. Representative Office of the Iranian opposition coalition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) during a press conference in Washington D.C.(File)

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Washington, September 30, 2019—The U.S. Representative Office of the Iranian opposition coalition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) is scheduling a press conference in Washington, DC, for Monday, September 30, to present new evidence – obtained by the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) inside Iran – proving the Iranian regime’s role in the September 14th cruise missile and drone attacking targeting Saudi Arabian oil facilities. This press conference will shed further light on Tehran’s missile activities and warmongering.

This press conference will begin at 10 am Eastern Standard Time, 4 pm Central European Time, at the National Press Building of the U.S.

 

 

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More signs are indicating Tehran’s direct role in this cruise missile and drone assault. The United States, France, Germany and the United Kingdom are officially holding the mullahs’ regime responsible for the attack.

A U.S. official said the attack on Aramco oil facilities in Saudi Arabia were carried out by cruise missiles from inside Iran, according to Agence France Presse.

CNN reported Saudi Arabia and U.S. evaluations show there is a “very high probability” that low altitude cruise missiles, launched from an Iranian regime base near the Iraq border, were used in this attack. Reports indicate the cruise missiles and drones launched from southwest Iran first entered Iraqi airspace, travelled south into Kuwaiti airspace and finally entered Saudi airspace to then target oil processing facility at Abqaiq and the nearby Khurais oil field.

In ongoing developments, the U.S. has identified the exact locations in Iran from which more than 20 drones and cruise missiles were launched against the Saudi oil facilities, according to CBS. The locations are reportedly in southern Iran at the northern end of the Persian Gulf. This area would indicate Khuzestan Province in southwest Iran.

Iran is the world's largest state sponsor of terrorism and the greatest threat to stability and security in the region, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence highlighted after.

The Saudi cabinet said in response to Iran’s attacks that this aggression is an extension of previous assaults targeting Aramco with Iran-made weapons. The international community should take a tougher stance against Tehran. King Salman of Saudi Arabia emphasized the Kingdom will defend its territory and facilities at all costs without any differentiation where these attacks originate from.

Two large oil facilities in eastern Saudi Arabia, including an Aramco site, were targeted in this significant attack. The Houthi militias in Yemen, supported by Iran’s regime, claimed responsibility for this attack, saying they launched drones for this latest strike that has once again raised tensions across this already volatile area of the globe. Iraq, saying this latest strike was carried out with cruise missiles, not drones.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, “Tehran is behind nearly 100 attacks on Saudi Arabia while Rouhani and Zarif pretend to engage in diplomacy. Amid all the calls for de-escalation, Iran has now launched an unprecedented attack on the world’s energy supply.  There is no evidence the attacks came from Yemen. We call on all nations to publicly and unequivocally condemn Iran’s attacks. The United States will work with our partners and allies to ensure that energy markets remain well supplied and Iran is held accountable for its aggression.”

 

 

Senator Lindsey Graham said, “Iranian supported Houthi rebels who attacked Saudi oil refineries is yet another example of how Iran is wreaking havoc in the Middle East. The Iranian regime is not interested in peace - they’re pursuing nuclear weapons and regional dominance.”

 

 

Iranian opposition President Maryam Rajavi issued a statement describing this attack by the Iranian regime as an “act of war.”

 

 

“The mullahs only understand the language of strength and firmness. Inaction vis-à-vis their religious fascist regime only emboldens them. The people of Iran are the first victims of this regime. The decisive solution to rid the Middle East of all its crises caused by the religious fascism in Iran is the change of the illegitimate regime by the Iranian people and their organized resistance movement,” Mrs. Rajavi added.

Mohammad Mohaddessin, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Commission in the Iranian opposition coalition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), said, “Dear Senator, @LindseyGrahamSC your decisiveness vis-a-vis the #Iran's religious dictatorship is admirable. This regime only understands the language of strength. You have revived the legacy of Sen. McCain.”

 

 

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