UN draws up report accusing Iran of being responsible for attacks on several Saudi Arabian refineries
The cruise missiles used in the attack against several Saudi oil installations and the international airport of this country are of “Iranian origin”, as confirmed by the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres. This was stated by Guterres in a report to which the Reuters news agency had access, in which the UN confirms the US theory that the Tehran government could be behind this attack.
The document sent to the Security Council also warns that the seized items have a similar design to those produced by a commercial entity in Iran and that some of the weapons that were delivered to the country between February 2016 and April 2018, carry marks in Farsi. Guterres also noted that “these articles could have been transferred inconsistently with a resolution of the Security Council itself regarding the Iranian nuclear issue. “The engines of those planes showed similarities to an Iranian engine designated as Shahed 783, presented by Iran at a military exhibition in May 2014,” Bloomberg news agency said.
Washington – which in September 2019 already accused Iran of being behind this attack – has urged the Security Council to extend the arms embargo to Iran; a request with which two great powers such as Russia or China disagree, who have already announced that they will exercise their veto power. The UN leader has issued this report after examining the remains of the weapons used in the attacks against a Saudi oil facility in Afif in May, at Abha International Airport in June and August, and at Saudi Aramco oil facilities in Khurais and Abqaiq in September 2019, according to information published by the Reuters news agency.
In this investigation, the UN has determined that “the cruise missiles used in the four attacks are of Iranian origin,” in the same way that the drones used in the May and September attacks are. For her part, the US ambassador to the UN, Kelly Craft, has reported that they will soon present a draft resolution to extend the arms embargo to Iran. “I urge all Member States to avoid rhetoric and provocative actions that may have a negative impact on regional stability,” Guterres has written in the report presented to the Security Council, who will have to discuss these accusations at the end of the month. of June.
Saudi Arabia reported in September an attack on two facilities of the Aramco oil company, one located in Abqaiq, while the other was in the Hijrat Jurais oil field. The attack on the heart of the Saudi oil industry thwarted the extraction of 5.7 million barrels of crude per day, or about 50 percent of the company’s production.
Over the past week, the United States has ratified its sanctions against two companies for their alleged link to Tehran’s nuclear program. The affected companies are Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) and E-Sail Shipping Company, its subsidiary in the Chinese city of Shanghai. The head of American diplomacy, Mike Pompeo has warned that “those in the commercial and maritime industries that do business with Iran must use carriers or shipping methods other than IRISL or E-Sail; any Government, entity or individual that chooses to continue doing business with IRISL and / or E-Sail now risks exposing itself to sanctions. ”