U.S. Secretary of Defence Mark Esper urged European allies to “contribute their own support to help deter Iranian aggression, promote stability in the region, and defend the international rules-based order”. He argued that “Iran’s continued malign behaviour throughout the Middle East, to include its recent attacks on the Saudi ARAMCO oil facilities, presents a persistent threat to our partners in the region”. The same day, U.S. Secretary of State remarked that “we’ve identified the worst actor there [in the Middle East], the Islamic Republic of Iran. We’ve taken real actions to reduce their capacity to inflict harm, to create instability throughout the Middle East”.
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