Saudi Oil attacks: UN team in Riyadh to lead probe

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Riyadh, Sep 19: UN experts will be in Saudi Arabia to lead an international inquiry into the Saturday attack (Sep 14) on Aramco oil installations in the kingdom, diplomats after the Riyadh said that strikes on its oil infrastructure came from the “north” direction and were “unquestionably” sponsored by Iran, but that the kingdom was still investigating where exactly they were launched from.

“The attack was launched from the north and unquestionably sponsored by Iran,” defence ministry spokesman Turki al-Maliki told a press conference. “We are working to know the exact launch point.”

Under the terms of a Security Council resolution on the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran,UN experts can be sent if military hardware made in Tehran are found elsewhere.

Huthi rebels claimed responsibility for the strikes, a diplomat said.

Saudi Arabia’s Abqaiq facility in its eastern province is the world’s largest crude oil stabilization plant, with a processing capacity of more than 7 million bpd. Its Khurais oilfield, which was also hit, is the kingdom’s second-largest with a capacity to pump around 1.5 million bpd.

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