Iran will destroy 'any aggressor,' military official warns

Trump approves deployment of US forces to Saudi Arabia after oil attack

Trump approves deployment of US forces to Saudi Arabia after oil attack

Trump's wide range of sanctions, which have targeted Iran's foreign minister and the Guards among others, are part of a USA campaign to increase economic pressure on Tehran over its nuclear program and regional ambitions.

The tensions escalated in the wake of devastating September 14 attacks on Saudi oil installations that Washington and Riyadh have, to varying degrees, blamed on Tehran.

Yemen's Houthi group claimed responsibility for the attacks but a United States official said they originated from southwestern Iran.

What has Mr Rouhani said?

Rouhani called on Western nations to leave the Persian Gulf on Sunday, dubbing their presence a "calamity".

President Hassan Rouhani said, "If the outsiders are honest and really after peace and security, they must stop deploying such an amount of unsafe weapons to the region and not turn our region into an arms race and stockpile".

"The farther you keep yourselves from our region and our nations, the more security there will be for our region".

What about his peace initiative?

Similar parades were held in major cities and towns across the country including the port city of Bandar Abbas near the Strait of Hormuz.

"The Aramco strikes were no minor incident: They were perhaps the most significant attacks on Saudi Arabian infrastructure in modern history, and the result of a series of provocations and tit-for-tat exchanges that have been allowed to gather momentum for too long", the group said.

'The fires that were meant to destroy Saudi Aramco had an unintended effect: they galvanised 70,000 of us around a mission to rebound quickly and confidently, and Saudi Aramco has come out of this incident stronger than ever, ' Nasser said in the internal message, on the occasion of the Saudi national day, to be celebrated on September 23.

Saudi Arabia, which has been bogged down in a five-year war in Yemen, has warned of "appropriate measures" once the source of the strikes is confirmed by a United Nations investigation. The missiles and drones used also resemble Iranian-made weapons, though analysts say more study is needed to definitively link them to Iran.

He said it is a response to requests from Saudi Arabia and the UAE to help improve their air and missile defenses. "I think it's all going the wrong direction in addressing this issue", Zarif said in response to a question on how Iran sees the development in an interview set to air Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation".

The head of Iran's navy, Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi, said his forces were ready to defend the country's maritime borders.

"Be careful and make no mistake", Salami said after U.S.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in a joint press conference with his Russian counterpart in Moscow: "It is meaningless to continue unilateral commitments to the deal if we don't enjoy its benefits as promised by the deal's European parties".

While Yemen's Houthi rebels have claimed responsibility for the attack, Riyadh has refused to believe that they have such capability. By comparison, Saudi Arabia produced 9.65 million barrels of crude oil a day in July. "So they want me to know that I am not supposed to be here", he said.