US Secretary State Pompeo wants 'peaceful solution' to Iran tensions

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Pompeo was speaking after consulting Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman and UAE prince Mohammed bin Zayed, the Trump administration's closest allies in the region, particularly in the wake of Israeli elections that threw Binyamin Netanyahu's political future in question.

The US wants a peaceful solution to the crisis sparked by attacks on Saudi oil facilities, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday, after Iran raised the prospect of "all-out war".

Iran says its foreign minister will attend next week's United Nations General Assembly meeting in NY, amid doubts about whether the US would give him a visa.

United Nations spokesman Farhan Haq acknowledged their arrival in a statement to journalists Thursday.

He said there were many options short of war with Iran, which denies involvement in the September 14 strikes that initially halved Saudi oil output. In a statement Thursday, he said Iraq rejects Israel's participation in the coalition.

A forensic team from US Central Command is pouring over evidence from cruise missile and drone debris, but the Pentagon said the assessment is not finished.

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"The U.S. stands with #SaudiArabia and supports its right to defend itself", Pompeo tweeted.

Iraq, which is allied with both Iran and the US, has tried to keep a neutral stance amid the tensions.

In response to Zarif's comments, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is returning to the United States from Saudi Arabia, where he met with leaders there in the aftermath of the attack, said, "While the foreign minister of Iran is threatening all-out war and to fight to the last American, we're here to build out a coalition aimed at achieving peace and a peaceful resolution to this". Pence said Trump will "review the facts, and he'll make a decision about next steps".

Zarif spoke with CNN correspondent Nick Paton Walsh in an exclusive interview, who asked "what would be the outcome of an American or Saudi military strike on Iran right now?"

Saudi Arabia's ambassador to German says his country has not ruled out any options in response to the recent attacks on its oil infrastructure.

Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said Thursday that the USA has a high level of confidence that officials will be able to accurately determine exactly who launched the attacks last weekend.

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Asked whether military retaliation was being considered, he said "everything is on the table". "There is an global investigation, let's wait for its results". He refused to say, however, whether he believed Iran directly carried out the operation.

On Wednesday, Saudi Arabia displayed what it stated had been fragments of 25 drones and cruise missiles, which they stated proved the assault was carried out by Tehran.

But on Thursday, a French presidential official who asked not to be named said Saturday's attack "creates a new context".

He urged Iran to "get back on the diplomatic path".

Cinzia Bianco, a Middle East analyst at the European Council on Foreign Relations, said the incident could "trigger an out-of-control chain of escalator events".

The Pentagon said the U.S. military is working with Saudi Arabia to find ways to provide more protection for the northern part of the country.

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The UAE is enlisting in the naval coalition called the International Maritime Security Construct, which has the stated goal of supporting "regional and international efforts to deter threats to maritime navigation and global trade", according to WAM news agency quoting senior Foreign Ministry official Salem Mohammed Al Zaabi.

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