Trump is waiting to hear from Riyadh about guilty oil attack, US 'locked and loaded' to respond – RT World News

US President Donald Trump says Washington has "a reason to believe" that it knows the brains behind the drone strikes at the Saudi oil refineries and is ready to respond pending confirmation from Riyadh.

“Saudi Arabia's oil supply was attacked. There is reason to believe that we know the culprit, are locked and loaded depending on confirmation, but are waiting to hear from the kingdom about who they believe was the cause of this attack and under what conditions we would continue! ” Trump tweeted Sunday.

"PLENTY OF OIL !," he added in a follow-up tweet.

Although the attacks on the two Saudi oil plants were claimed by the Houthi rebels, Washington immediately pointed his finger at Tehran, claiming the attack was too complex and too devastating to be coordinated by the rebels. A senior official told Reuters that US intelligence believes the attack stemmed from the Iraq and Iran directions, rather than from the area controlled by the Houthis.

Trump's announcement comes shortly after he greenlighted the release of emergency oil reserves "if necessary" To offset 50 percent decline in production from Saudi Aramco, whose largest Abqaiq oil production plant was crumpled as a result of the attacks Saturday morning.

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Riyadh has not yet named a perpetrator and called the drone strikes "terrorist attack" aimed at disrupting Tehran has rejected the allegations of its involvement, calling the United States' claims "maximum lies" saying it is ready to protect itself if war breaks out.

Earlier this week, Trump said that he would have "no problem" when he met Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo told reporters on Tuesday that "The President has made it very clear that he is prepared to meet without preconditions."

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However, Sunday Trump appeared to have contradicted his own top diplomat and condemned reports that he is willing to face Iran with "no conditions" "fake news."

"It's a false statement (as usual!)" he tweeted.

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