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US Hopes for UN Action over Aramco Attacks

US Hopes for UN Action over Aramco Attacks

Wednesday, 18 September, 2019 - 11:00
FILE PHOTO: Members of the United Nations Security Council gather during a meeting about the situation in Venezuela, in New York, US, February 26, 2019. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Washington hopes that the UN Security Council would respond to the attacks on Saudi Aramco’s oil facilities, a senior US official said Tuesday.

The official said that Saudi Arabia, as the target of the weekend blasts, needed to take the lead in seeking action by the Security Council but that the United States first needed to prepare information for release.

"We do see a role for the UN Security Council to play," the official told reporters on condition of anonymity.

"Saudi Arabia has been attacked, which has global consequences. The UN Security Council was created to address threats to international peace and security, and this attack meets that criteria," he said.

He did not specify what action he would seek at the Security Council, where Russia and China wield veto power and have been critical of President Donald Trump's unilateral sanctions against Iran.

European powers have also distanced themselves from Trump's hawkish line on Iran and sought to preserve the 2015 deal on Tehran's nuclear program, from which he withdrew.

US officials say that the attacks that hit Abqaiq, one of the world's largest oil facilities, and the Khurais oil field, originated in southwestern Iran.

The Houthi militias in Yemen have claimed responsibility.

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