Wednesday 18 September 2019 - 19:41

Iran's response to any aggression will be decisive

Story Code : 816992
Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani
Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani
“Iran’s strategic policy is to reduce tensions, avoid any confrontation and help settle regional crises through negotiation,” Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani said on Wednesday.

He also referred to the current developments in Yemen, saying “the Yemen crisis has dragged on for over 50 months due to Saudi Arabia’s military attacks and there is no solution to it except holding Yemeni-Yemeni talks without interference of any secondary parties.”

He underlined that Yemenis have the right to defend themselves against the cruel massacre and foreign attacks on their country.

He said that Yemenis were using their own domestically-designed and -built weapons to defend their country and accusing other states of supplying them with military equipment was an attempt to put the blame on others and evade responsibilities for wasting resources on purchasing advanced and ineffective military equipment from Western countries.

Yemen’s Ansarullah forces launched drone attacks on Saturday morning at two Saudi oil facilities in Abqaiq in eastern Saudia Arabia and Khurais northeast of Riyadh, disrupting Saudi oil production and exports. The attacks are said to be in retaliation of Saudi's continued war against Yemeni people. 

Saudi Arabia claimed on Wednesday that the strikes on its oil infrastructure came from the "north" and were "unquestionably" sponsored by Iran, adding that the Houthis were not responsible for the assault despite claiming it.

Following the attack, US Senator Lindsey Graham blamed Iran with baseless accusations, recommending that the US “put on the table an attack on Iranian oil refineries if they continue their provocations”.

Iran has slammed the US' accusations and has sent a note to Washington in which it has strongly dismissed any involvement in Yemeni raids, and warned of any anti-Iranian measure after the incident.