September 19, 2019 / 10:07 AM / a month ago

Iran's Zarif warns against war over Saudi attacks

FILE PHOTO: Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks during a news conference in Tehran, Iran August 5, 2019. Nazanin Tabatabaee/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran’s foreign minister said on Thursday U.S. and allies’ accusations that attacks on Saudi oil sites were “an act of war” may be aimed at deceiving U.S. President Donald Trump into a war against Tehran.

“‘Act of war’or AGITATION for WAR? Remnants of #B_Team (+ambitious allies) try to deceive @realdonaldtrump

into war,” Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted.

Zarif has in the past said that a so-called “B-team” including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman could goad the U.S. president into a conflict with Tehran.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo described on Wednesday the attacks on Saudi Arabia as “an act of war”.

Reporting by Dubai newsroom; Editing by Toby Chopra

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