Looking at the latest incident involving the attack on the two tankers, things have been building up quite a lot since the past month. The Saudi Arabia and Iran conflict isn’t showing any sign of stopping for a while.
The current conflict all started when the United States decided to check on the troubles occurring in the Strait of Hormuz. It mentioned that Iran is responsible for the uneasiness and that the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier group along with a bomber task force will be sent.
After the dispatching, Iran gave a response on 8th May, about 3 days later. Iran said that they are increasing their production of uranium and water production. However, America decided to penetrate into Iran’s petrochemical group PGPIC with sanctions. Then the fire caught even more fuel.
There are suspicious attacks on Saudi oil tankers while Iran denied having to do anything with it. But just a few days after, Houthi rebels terrorized Riyadh. Saudi Arabia takes strict action by doing air strikes in Yemen’s capital.
Saudi Arabia Airport Attack And The Dragging of Innocent Yemeni’s:
Throughout this mess, another attack occurs which is the well-known Saudi airport one. Once again, Yemen’s Houthi rebels attack an airport in Saudi Arabia, injuring about 26 people.
Saudi Arabia believes that Iran is behind all of such attacks and promised to give Iran its fair share of attacks as well. Moreover, the problem has become so grave that the conflict continued for days. Saudi air raids terrorize the Houthis in Yemen while the Houthis keep attacking Saudi Arabia because they were supposedly backed by Iran.
We can see that the Saudi Arabia and Iran conflict is actually dragging in innocent Yemeni’s that have to suffer the consequences. The Yemen famine and crisis is still on a role even after several years passing. Such conflicts are not helping but adding extra fuel into the already torn country.
Also, the Houthis have been infiltrating Saudi Arabia for over weeks now and even launched a drone into another Saudi airport.
Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid Bin Salman tweets, “the Iranian regime is the only party in the region that has been pursuing reckless escalation, through the use of ballistic missiles and UAVs to directly target civilian installations and innocent civilians,”
The Iranian regime is the only party in the region that has been pursuing reckless escalation, through the use of ballistic missiles and uavs to directly target civilian installations and innocent civilians.
— Khalid bin Salman خالد بن سلمان (@kbsalsaud) June 12, 2019
“The continuation of the Iranian regime’s aggression and reckless escalation, whether directly or through its militias will result in grave consequences. The international community must carry out it’s responsibility to avoid this outcome”, he further adds in.
“Appropriate measures will be taken to confront and deter these terrorist militias. We will stand against all those that aim to inflict harm on our security and interests, and we will continue to adhere to all international laws and norms to protect regional security and stability” He mentions that this will be dealt with accordingly.
Appropriate measures will be taken to confront and deter these terrorist militias. We will stand against all those that aim to inflict harm on our security and interests, and we will continue to adhere to all international laws and norms to protect regional security and stability
— Khalid bin Salman خالد بن سلمان (@kbsalsaud) June 12, 2019
Iran kept denying that they are involved and so did the Houthis. This keeps going on and Saudi Arabia shows no mercy to the Yemeni’s. About 76% of Yemen’s population needs help with humanitarian issues. The Yemen crisis is seeing no end.
Gulf Of Oman Attack:
Considering the current tension, the attack in the Gulf of Oman on two tankers has caused even more chaos. The U.S remained quick to blame Iran for the latest attack.
However, the Gulf of Oman attack is still under investigation as to who is behind the deadly blast. A lot of confusion is brewing up because of this sudden news.
The U.S Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took to Twitter to specifically blame Iran for its actions, “It is the assessment of the U.S. government that Iran is responsible for today’s attacks in the Gulf of Oman. These attacks are a threat to international peace and security, a blatant assault on the freedom of navigation, and an unacceptable escalation of tension by Iran”
It is the assessment of the U.S. government that Iran is responsible for today’s attacks in the Gulf of Oman. These attacks are a threat to international peace and security, a blatant assault on the freedom of navigation, and an unacceptable escalation of tension by Iran. pic.twitter.com/cbLrWNU5S0
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) June 13, 2019
He also said, “Taken as a whole, these unprovoked attacks present a clear threat to international peace and security, a blatant assault on the freedom of navigation, and an unacceptable campaign of escalating tension by Iran,”
However, Iran believes that all of that is nonsense. Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi mentions that Iran was trying to save the ships and came for positive purposes. “Apparently for Mr. Pompeo and other American authorities accusing Iran is the easiest thing to do,” Mousavi simply claims.
All the while, the Foreign Minister of Iran himself takes to Twitter to address the insanity of the U.S for blaming Iran for such actions. Zarif tweets, “That the US immediately jumped to make allegations against Iran—w/o a shred of factual or circumstantial evidence—only makes it abundantly clear that the B team is moving to a Plan B: Sabotage diplomacy—including by Abe Shinzo—and cover up its economic terrorism against Iran”
That the US immediately jumped to make allegations against Iran—w/o a shred of factual or circumstantial evidence—only makes it abundantly clear that the #B_Team is moving to a #PlanB: Sabotage diplomacy—including by @AbeShinzo—and cover up its #EconomicTerrorism against Iran.
— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) June 14, 2019
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Japan’s Intervention Regarding The Tension In Middle East:
Japan’s Prime Minister, Abe Shinzo also landed in Iran on Wednesday. He met Rouhani in the Sadabad Palace in Tehran. Abe came for the purpose of lessening the ongoing tension in the Middle East as they are the number one oil providers. He has been negotiating with Donald Trump in order to reduce such tensions as much as possible.
Also, this Japanese company that owns one of the tankers that experienced the attack debunked U.S’s claims. The president of Kokuka Sangyo, Yutaka Katada, says that the tank saw ‘flying objects’ that could’ve been bullets. The tanker caught fire when it was struck twice. So, the U.S’s claim of the tankers destruction through a sea mine is incorrect.
What is happening now because of such tensions?
Well the U.S stocks are seeing a significant decline while oil process prices are also witnessing a decline after the oil tankers incident. They seem to be fluctuating because of the fact that the trade issues are actually altering the demands for oil. Yet, it seems that the prices have come to a proper halt despite the tensions.
All three of the countries keep pointing fingers at each other in order to sabotage the other. The U.S, as they are against Iran, is making sure to play them out as the enemies while Iran keeps denying its involvement in any matter it is suspected of. Moreover, Iran mentions all of this to be the work of the U.S as well as Israel, but with insufficient evidence.
Do you believe that the Saudi Arabia and Iran conflict can be settled? Can the Middle East’s tensions see a proper way to calm down soon or will it take them years?