U.S. Official: Iran Is "Testing Its Strength"

(Reuters) Michelle Nichols - The U.S. and Saudi Arabia blame Iran for the attack on the world's biggest crude oil processing facility and have said they will present evidence to back that up. A senior U.S. official suggested, however, that the tensions were manageable. "Iran has a long history of testing its strength. But they never climb too high up the escalation ladder. At a certain point, when the world says enough, they come back down." An Iranian official close to Ayatollah Khamenei said, "Eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. They think by sanctions they can back us into a corner. Wishful thinking. As long as they pressure Iran, we will push back. Iran is a big country with lots of resources and can survive without oil money."

2019-09-20 00:00:00

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