The Evening: Saudi Oil Attacks, NK Invitation, You’re All I’ve Got Tonight and More
September 16, 2019
U.S. Tells Saudi Arabia Oil Attacks Were Launched From Iran
U.S. intelligence indicates Iran was the staging ground for a debilitating attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil industry, people familiar with the discussions said Monday, as the WSJ’s Dion Nissenbaum, Summer Said, and Jared Malsin report.
Dive Deeper : “Iran’s Threat to Saudi Critical Infrastructure: The Implications of U.S.-Iranian Escalation,” by CSIS’s Seth Jones, Danika Newlee, Nicholas Harrington, and Joseph Bermudez.
“The Strategic Implications of the Strikes on Saudi Arabia,” by CSIS’s Anthony Cordesman.
No Meeting With Iran
Iran has dismissed the possibility of a meeting between the country’s president, Hassan Rouhani, and President Trump on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly next week, as the NYT’s Megan Specia reports.
NK Invited Trump to Pyongyang
North Korea’s Kim Jong Un invited President Trump to visit Pyongyang in a letter sent in August amid stalled denuclearization talks, as Reuters Hyonhee Shin reports.
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In That Number
The Houthis are known to have acquired strike systems that can fly up to 930 miles.
“We’ll let you know but it does look that way.”
— President Trump when asked if Iran was behind the Saudi oil attacks
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CSIS's Transnational Threats Project identified the Abqaiq oil facility as a key vulnerability in a brief last month. Though the Abqaiq facility is large, the stabilization process is concentrated in specific areas, which greatly increases the likelihood of a strike successfully disrupting or destroying its operations.
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