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"The threat we are all facing, not just in Saudi Arabia, is the Iranian regime and its support for terrorism throughout the world", he warned.

He did not give details on the move, which follows weekend attacks on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia that some USA officials blamed on Iran.

Iran-aligned Houthi rebels, who are involved in a war against a Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, claimed the attack, but US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said afterwards that there was "no evidence the attacks came from Yemen".

The fallout from the drone strikes on Saudi oil facilities seems to be spreading wider, as US President Donald Trump indicated that he has asked the US Treasury Secretary to "substantially increase" sanctions on Iran in a tweet posted a few minutes ago, . Turki al-Malki comes after a summer of heightened tensions between Iran and the US over President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrawing America from Tehran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.

Iran has been blamed for recent attacks on oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz and Washington has also blamed Tehran for the downing of a military drone.

"If any action takes place against Iran, the action will be faced by Iran's answer immediately", IRNA quoted the note as saying. But as tensions have risen, the United States has put increasing restrictions on Iranians like Zarif.

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They condemned the attacks and discussed the need for a united diplomatic response from global partners.

The U.S. Fifth Fleet is based about 62 miles from Abqaiq in Bahrain and patrols the Persian Gulf.

Wednesday's announcements comes after Saudi Arabia's energy minister said late Tuesday that more than half of the country's daily crude oil production that was knocked out by an attack had been recovered and that production capacity at its targeted plants would be fully restored by the end of the month.

"Iran in its memo rejected involvement in offensives on the Saudi oil installations on Saturday, condemning US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other American officials' allegations", Iranian state-run Fars News Agency reported.

Pompeo made the comments from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

President Trump says he is waiting for the results of an investigation before assigning blame, adding that he would like to avoid a war. Iran denies any connection to the attacks on tankers. "The Saudis were the nation that was attacked", he said.

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On Wednesday, the group gave details of the type of drones it said were used in the 14 September attack and warned that the United Arab Emirates was also in its sights.

Al-Malii described the attack as part of a pattern of Iranian aggression.

He did not elaborate, and it was not immediately clear what further means are available since he has already cut deeply into Iran's oil market.

In remarks to his cabinet, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the Houthi rebels were only responding to years of attacks and airstrikes.

The cruise missile resembles a small Iranian-derived design known as the Quds-1, according to Fabian Hinz, a research associate at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at Monterey, Calif. "Learn the lesson from the warning".

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Saudi Arabia's King Salman visited Beijing in 2017, and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman came to China earlier this year. Riyadh pumps some 9.9 million barrels per day (bpd) of which around 7.0 million bpd are exported, mostly to Asian markets.


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