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Zarif Warns of ‘All-Out War’ If U.S. or Saudis Strike Iran

Zarif Warns of ‘All-Out War’ If U.S. or Saudis Strike Iran(Bloomberg) — Iran’s foreign minister warned that any U.S. or Saudi strike on his country in response to the attacks on the kingdom’s critical oil facilities would lead to “all-out war.”In an interview with CNN, Javad Zarif reiterated that Iran wasn’t involved in the weekend attacks and hoped to avoid a conflict. He said Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels, who have been fighting a Saudi-led coalition for four years and claimed responsibility, had the capability to carry out such a sophisticated operation.“I cannot have any confidence that they did it because we just heard their statement,” Zarif said. “I know that we didn’t do it. I know that the Houthis made a statement that they did it.”Saudi and U.S. officials have said that the drones and missiles used were made by Iran, had never before been deployed by Iranian proxy groups, and came from a northerly direction, ruling out Yemen as a launch site. But they stopped short of saying the strikes were launched directly from or by the Islamic Republic, claims that could have propelled a drift toward war. The attacks caused an unprecedented surge in oil prices.Asked what the consequence of a U.S. or Saudi military strike on Iran would be, Zarif said: “All-out war,” CNN reported.“I make a very serious statement about defending our country,” he said. “I am making a very serious statement that we don’t want to engage in a military confrontation.”The attacks have damped speculation that President Donald Trump and his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, could meet at the United Nations General Assembly in New York next week. The U.S. reimposed sanctions on Iran after exiting the 2015 nuclear deal, kicking off a year of increasingly fraught relations. Nevertheless, Iranian officials signaled they had their visas to travel to New York.The disputed weekend attacks sent tensions in the Gulf soaring to new heights.U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held talks in the United Arab Emirates on Thursday after visiting the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah, as the allies plot their next move.Talking to reporters, Pompeo said he’d gathered “important information about how it is we should think about proceeding,” adding that Trump still wants a peaceful resolution to the issue.Pentagon officials were more direct, saying they would defer to Saudi authorities.“We’re going to allow the Saudis to make the declarations of where the attacks came from,” Defense Department spokesman Jonathan Rath Hoffman told reporters Thursday. He added that ‘all indications” are that Iran is “in some way responsible.”Trump, who as a candidate campaigned to end America’s foreign wars, initially declared the U.S. “locked and loaded” for a response, and on Thursday said it was possible there wouldn’t be a “peaceful solution.”But he’s also announced a tightening of sanctions on Iran, adding to the sense that he’s working to avoid another military conflict in the Middle East.(Updates with Pentagon comments starting in 11th paragraph)\–With assistance from Tony Capaccio and Glen Carey.To contact the reporter on this story: Shaji Mathew in Dubai at shajimathew@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Lin Noueihed at lnoueihed@bloomberg.net, Bill Faries, Larry LiebertFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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Easter Bunny hops into all-out brawl in Florida

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Dutch teachers, lecturers to hold first ever all-out strike in March

Dutch teachers, lecturers to hold first ever all-out strike in MarchDutch teachers and lecturers at all levels will hold their first ever joint strike on March 15 to press demands for wage hikes and better working conditions, labor unions said on Wednesday. The looming walkout reflects growing frustration across the workforce in the Netherlands, with employees in many sectors feeling left behind by strong economic growth that has not been matched by wage increases. The March 15 stoppage is expected to shut schools and universities, and follows similar walkouts by primary school teachers in October and December 2017.



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Green groups denounce Trump’s ‘all-out assault’ on climate regulations

Green groups denounce Trump’s ‘all-out assault’ on climate regulationsPresident Trump signed an executive order Tuesday afternoon, following through on his campaign promise to roll back Obama-era environmental protections intended to combat climate change. The Trump administration’s “Energy Independence” order essentially begins the process of dismantling the Clean Power Plan (CPP), which limits greenhouse gas emissions from coal-burning power plants. It was former President Barack Obama’s signature legislation for restricting the carbon emissions that contribute to global warming.



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