President Trump drops not-so-subtle hint about next steps in dealing with Iran

As oil fields continue to smolder in Saudi Arabia, many around the world have already seen the writing on the wall.

The presumption is, unsurprisingly, that Iran is behind these latest attacks.  The Persian nation has been targeting the Middle East oil infrastructure fairly regularly now that the US-Iran nuclear “deal” has dissolved resulting in renewed sanctions against Tehran.  Several tankers, a Saudi pipeline site, and a US drone have all been targeted over the course of the last few months, erasing any doubt that Iran could have been behind this weekend’s latest aggression.

After the aforementioned drone downing, US President Donald Trump averted a military strike against Iran at the last moment, believing that the casualties inflicted by such an action would be disproportionate.

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The attacks over the weekend, however, have the Commander in Chief singing a different tune.

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“There is reason to believe that we know the culprit, are locked and loaded depending on verification, but are waiting to hear from the Kingdom as to who they believe was the cause of this attack, and under what terms we would proceed!” Trump said on Twitter.

Earlier in the day, a senior U.S. official told reporters that evidence from the attack, which hit the world’s biggest oil-processing facility, indicated Iran was behind it, instead of the Yemeni Houthi group that had claimed responsibility.

Iran has denied their involvement in the attacks.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi dismissed the U.S. allegations that it was responsible was “pointless”. A senior Revolutionary Guards commander warned the Islamic Republic was ready for “full-fledged” war.

“All American bases and their aircraft carriers in a distance of up to 2,000 kilometers around Iran are within the range of our missiles,” the semi-official Tasnim news agency quoted Commander Amirali Hajizadeh as saying.

Saudi officials were certain that the attack originated with Iran, however, stating that “there is no way around it”.

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