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US Trying To Create An Alliance Against Iran: Pompeo


It has been a week since the attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities, which has been blamed on Iran by the United States, and now the US is building up a coalition to address such threat from Iran.  
On its Part, Iran and issued a warning to the US President Donald Trump over not getting involved in a war in the Middle East and said it would give a befitting response to thwart any offensive action.
While ordering more sanctions on Iran, Trump wants a peaceful resolution of the Iran crisis, said the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. This comment was made by Pompeo after a meeting with leaders form from Saudi Arabia and the Emirati which have also blamed Iran for the attacks on the oil facilities.
All allegations of the attack, which took place on September 14, have been denied by Iran. The attack on the oil refining facilities of the Saudi state owned and backed Saudi Aramco- the largest oil producer of the world, has left that country with just 50 per cent of its crude oil producing capacity for exports which in turn has caused a shortage of almost 6 per cent of crude oil in the global oil market.
Pompeo had earlier called the attack as an "act of war" against the world's largest oil exporter.
However his most recent comments, after talks with Abu Dhabi's crown prince who is also the de-facto ruler of the United Arab Emirates – a crucial ally of Saudi Arabia, were apparently much softer.   
"We are here to build out a coalition aimed at achieving peace and a peaceful resolution. That's my mission, that's what President Trump certainly wants me to work to achieve and I hope that the Islamic Republic of Iran sees it that way," Pompeo told reporters.
No details about the coalition were however provided by him. However, since the attacks on oil tankers in Gulf waters, for which the US had also held Iran responsible, the US has been attempting to create a global maritime security alliance.
Intention of participation in the alliance has been expressed by UAE, Saudi Arabia, Britain and Bahrain. Iraq had declined to join while there is reluctance of joining such an alliance among most European countries over fear of raking up tensions in the Persian Gulf region.
The proposed creation of a coalition was described as "an act of diplomacy". In response to the proposed alliance, Iran's foreign minister, Mohammed Javad Zarif, told CNN that his country "won't blink" in the case of any aggressive military against it by the US or Saudi Arabia. He also added that such actions could would lead to an "all-out war".
The attack on Saudi oil facility has been described as a "test of global will" by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who also held a meeting with Pompeo earlier last week over the issue. As proof of the Iranian involvement of in the attack, Saudi Arabia also publicly displayed remnants of 25 Iranian drones and missiles that were allegedly used in the strike which it said was proof enough of the aggression by Iran.