Saudi crown prince seeks S.Korea's help to bolster defences after attacks

Saudi crown prince seeks S.Korea's help to bolster defences after attacks

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is due to leave for Saudi Arabia today.

In phone talks, President Moon Jae-in and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman also emphasized the importance of a unified response to the problem by the global community.

In Jeddah, the top US diplomat will meet with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to discuss the recent attacks on the Kingdom's oil facilities and "efforts to counter Iranian aggression in the region", according to the statement.

The leaders of Korea and Saudi Arabia agreed Wednesday to strengthen partnerships in the fight against terrorist acts, such as the recent drone attack on oil facilities in the Middle Eastern nation. The top U.S. official had blamed Tehran for the attack, describing it as an "unprecedented attack on the world's energy supply" and rejected a claim of responsibility from the Iran-linked Houthi rebels in Yemen.

On Tuesday, Energy Minister Abdulaziz bin Salman said the country's oil supply had returned to pre-attack levels.

In another tweet, Pompeo also called for other countries to denounce Iran in retaliation to Saturday's attack and promised American efforts to help support the energy market.

The September 14 attack on two oil vegetation first and predominant halved Saudi Arabia's oil production, slicing 5% of world output.

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