Presence of foreign forces in the region creates 'insecurity' in Gulf

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Trump Has No Plans to Meet With Iran at UN, as US Sends Troops to Saudi Arabia

The semi-official Fars news agency quoted Rabiei as saying: "The legal work for the oil tanker is over. and the oil tanker can move, and the decisions indicate the end of the detention".

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on September 22 that Iran was definitely to blame for the attacks, which were initially claimed by Tehran-backed Houthi rebels.

Speaking to Fox News Sunday, Pompeo added that he was confident U.S. President Donald Trump would take action if such deterrence measures fail and that this was well understood by the Iranian leadership.

As a result President Trump approved the deployment of United States forces to the Middle East.

The Houthis have launched numerous drone, missile and rocket attacks on the Gulf kingdom.

The Pentagon announced on Friday that, in response to a Saudi request, there would be a moderate deployment to Saudi Arabia, not in the thousands and focused on air and missile defence.

In recent weeks, Trump had weighed the possibility of easing sanctions on Iran and suggested he could meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who is due to attend the U.N. General Assembly in NY this week.

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He said: "We will present a plan to the world at the United Nations that the Islamic Republic of Iran, in cooperation with the countries of the region, can create security for the Persian Gulf and the Oman sea with the help of the countries of the region".

His remarks were broadcast on state television.

He added that Iran would be presenting to the United Nations a regional cooperation plan for peace.

Iran's president has warned that foreign forces are threatening the security of the Gulf, after the USA said it was deploying troops to the region.

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Commander Maj Gen Hossein Salami said: "Whoever wants their land to become the main battlefield, go ahead".

The U.S. and Europe have diverged sharply on how to deal with Iran.

Saudi Arabia says it has proof Iran is behind drone attacks
Brent edged higher on Wednesday after tumbling Tuesday as Aramco said it had revived 41% of capacity at the crude-processing unit. Average gasoline prices in the USA were $2.65 for a gallon of regular Wednesday, up from $2.59 on Tuesday and $2.56 a week ago.

Trump pulled the United States out of a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran past year and ramped up sanctions to strangle its oil exports, a mainstay of the Iranian economy.

Saudi Arabia has restored more than 75% of crude output lost after attacks on its facilities and will return to full volumes by early next week, a source briefed on the latest developments told Reuters on Monday. Officials said the number of troops was likely to be in the hundreds. "We are closely monitoring the evolving situation", he added.

'And clearly if we are asked either by the Saudis or the Americans to have a role then we would consider in what way we could be useful, ' he said. "The priority subject is whether we can restart a de-escalation path with the different actors", Mr Jean-Yves Le Drian told reporters.

Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi rebels said they had carried out the attacks, but both the USA and its ally Saudi Arabia - Iran's main regional rival - said Iran was behind them, something Tehran has strongly denied.

For its part, Iran denies being responsible and has warned any retaliatory attack targeting it will result in an "all-out war".

The suspicion of Iranian involvement in the oil attacks stems from the more wide-ranging regional rivalry with Saudi Arabia and the antagonism over the abandonment of the nuclear deal.

President Rouhani denounced the presence of foreign powers in the Gulf, in what looks to be a direct response to Donald Trump's deployment of United States forces to the Middle East.

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That plan depended on the United States easing some sanctions.

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