Two Saudi oil tankers damaged by sabotage attacks off UAE coast

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Two Saudi oil tankers were sabotaged off the coast of the United Arab Emirates in attacks that caused "significant damage" to the vessels, while on their way to cross into the Arabian Gulf, the Kingdom’s Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources, Khalid Al-Falih, said on Monday.

Al-Falih said the two tankers were targeted off the coast of Fujairah. One of the two vessels was on its way to be loaded with Saudi crude oil from the port of Ras Tanura, to be delivered to Saudi Aramco customers in the US.

“Fortunately, the attack didn't lead to any casualties or oil spill; however, it caused significant damage to the structures of the two vessels,” Al-Falih said.

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The United Arab Emirates said four commercial ships were subjected to "sabotage operations" after false reports circulated in Lebanese and Iranian media outlets saying there had been explosions at one of the nation's seaports.

Emirati officials declined to elaborate on the nature of the sabotage on Sunday, or say who might have been responsible.

"Four commercial, civilian trading vessels of various nationalities this morning suffered acts of sabotage" off the UAE's eastern coast, the foreign ministry said in a statement carried by the state-run WAM news agency


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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is not coming to Moscow on Monday as previously planned, according to a report citing a State Department official. He will still meet the Russian president and foreign minister on Tuesday.
Instead of going to the Russian capital straight away, on Monday Pompeo will hold talks with European officials about "Iran and other issues," Reuters cites an anonymous State Department official.
The cancelation of the Moscow leg of Pompeo's visit will reportedly not affect his planned meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, which is scheduled to take place in Sochi on Tuesday. Pompeo is expected to talk to them about what Washington calls Russia's "aggressive and destabilizing actions."

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US media reports said on Friday that the White House had contacted Swiss officials and given them a phone number for Iran to directly call Trump as tensions rise between the two countries.

“I’d like to see them call me,” Trump said Thursday, referring to the Iranian officials.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Seyed Abbas Araqchi reacted to the report and Trump's remarks on Saturday, saying, "There is no need for a mediator or phone number for Trump to get rid of the hard and critical conditions that he has created for himself and the US."

He stressed the necessity for Washington to correct its policy and behavior to get out of the crisis and tensions that it has created, adding that the entire world has admitted that the White House policies, its withdrawal from the nuclear deal and reimposition of sanctions against Iran, are wrong.

Asked what Iran will do with the phone number Trump has provided to the Swiss officials, Araqchi said, "If needed, they have our phone number."
Elsewhere, he described US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's 12 conditions for Iran as "very ridiculous", saying, "In my view, the White House lacks an integrated and rational policy on Iran, the entire region and perhaps at the international level; the affairs will be corrected by correcting Washington's fully wrong policies and behaviors."
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BREAKING: US F-15 and F-35 jets start conducting visible air patrols over Persian Gulf to send deterrence message to Iran, US officials tell CNN - @barbarastarrcnn

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Deployment of mobile launch pads and anti-aircraft systems can be seen near #Asaluyeh in Bushehr Province, #Iran.

Asaluyeh is a coastal county located directly along the Persian Gulf coast.

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If #Iran provokes, it'll be "a big mistake," warns @POTUS in Oval Office meeting with #Hungary Prime Minister Viktor Orban.
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UAE has asked US for assistance in assessing the damage to 4 commercial ships says US. Experts will look at damage patterns, try to recover any material from the site, and calculate any launch point locations if they determine some kind of missile or weapon hit the ships.
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