Iran denies role in Saudi attacks in message to U.S. – state media

The formal memo 'emphasized that Iran has not played any role in this attack,' the official IRNA news agency says

Agence France-Presse

Published: 5:51 PM September 18, 2019

Updated: 6:02 PM September 18, 2019

IRAN DENIES ATTACKS. A handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency shows President Hassan Rouhani (C) chairing a cabinet meeting in the capital Tehran on September 18, 2019. Handout photo by the Iranian Presidency/AFP

TEHRAN, Iran – Iran has sent the United States a diplomatic note denying any role in attacks on Saudi oil installations and warning it would respond to any action, state media said Wednesday, September 18.

The formal memo sent on Monday, September 16, through the Swiss embassy, which represents US interests in Tehran, "emphasized that Iran has not played any role in this attack," the official IRNA news agency said.

It said Iran "denies and condemns claims" by US President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that it was behind the attacks.

"It was also emphasized that if any actions are taken against Iran, that action will face an immediate response from Iran and its scope will not be limited to just a threat," IRNA said.

The message was delivered on Monday afternoon, it reported, after Trump said Iran was likely to have been behind the attacks on its regional arch-rival Saudi Arabia.

Saturday's attacks on Saudi energy giant Aramco's Abqaiq processing plant and Khurais oil field halved the kingdom's oil output.

US interests in Iran are represented by the Swiss embassy as the two countries have not had diplomatic relations since 1980. –