Britain, France and Germany said in a joint statement Monday Iran was responsible for attacks on Saudi oil facilities earlier this month. Last week, Saudi Arabia also said the attacks were “unquestionably” sponsored by Iran. Iran has denied they were responsible for the attacks, which have been claimed by Yemen’s Houthi rebels. Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said in an interview Sunday he was not confident that Iran and the U.S. would be able to avoid war, but that Iran would not be the one to start it. Trump is expected to address Iran during his statement at the U.N. today. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who has rejected the possibility of talks with the U.S., is set to speak Wednesday.
On Monday, Democracy Now! spoke with Iraqi President Barham Salih at the U.N. about the escalating tensions in the region.
Amy Goodman: “Mr. President, a quick question about the possibility of Saudi Arabia and war with Iran and the U.S.?”
President Barham Salih: “We hope to avert a war. The last thing the region needs is another war.”