On Monday, a USA official familiar with US intelligence had said Iran was a leading candidate for having carried out attacks on the four tankers but that the United States did not have conclusive proof Tehran was behind them.
The ministry later put out another tweet, saying it stands in solidarity with the U.A.E.
The conflict is widely seen in the region as a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran. America is deploying an aircraft carrier, USS Abraham Lincoln, and B-52 bombers to the Persian Gulf to counter alleged, still-unspecified threats from Tehran.
The Houthis have been selected by Iran as a good place to test out the drone capabilities against a Western-backed army like the Saudis who use US and other Western equipment.
Mousavi warned of "any malicious attempt by conspirators to undermine stability and security in the region", calling on "the countries of the region to be on alert for any attempt by foreign agents".More news: USA attorney general launches fresh review of origins of Russian Federation probe
Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said on Tuesday that neither the United States nor Iran want war, adding that Iraq is in contact with both, state news agency INA reported.
It set a 60-day deadline for Europe to offer it a better deal before it would begin enriching uranium to higher levels that the West fears could allow it to obtain atomic bombs.
Several B-52 bombers and the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike fleet were recently deployed to the region, and the USA has considered sending up to 120,000 troops to the region in case Iran attempts to make a serious move against U.S. allies and military bases. "It's not in [Iran's] interest, it's not in our interest, it's not in Saudi Arabia's interest to have a conflict".
Ahead of the meeting, Britain's foreign secretary said he was concerned about the possibility conflict might break out in the region. "This might be going down a very unsafe path". "A mine? We still don't know", she said.
Yemen's Houthi group, which has been at war with the kingdom for over four years, said it had launched drone attacks on Saudi installations, without identifying the targets or time of the attacks. The stations, targeted around the same time early Tuesday, are located in al-Duadmi and Afif, about 125 miles west of Riyadh city and 250 miles west of Riyadh city, respectively.
The state-run oil giant Saudi Aramco temporarily shut down the pipeline to evaluate its condition and was working to restore operations, while a fire which broke out at one of the pump stations has since been contained, according to Falih. Two other vessels were allegedly also damaged off Fujairah port in UAE waters. He added that "this act of terrorism and sabotage in addition to recent acts in the Arabian Gulf do not only target the kingdom but also the security of world oil supplies and the global economy".More news: Tsunami warning as massive 7.7 quake strikes coast off Papua New Guinea
The statement did not give details about the nationalities of the ships, but it followed a preliminary statement by the UAE denying the subjection of the port of Fujairah to explosions.
The ministry said there had been no injuries or fatalities, and no spillage of fuel or harmful chemicals. The facility handles oil for bunkering and shipping, as well as general and bulk cargo. The two Saudi ships were among the four that were involved.
Emirati-flagged oil tanker A. Michel off the coast of Fujairah, United Arab Emirates, Monday, May 13, 2019.
The Andrea Victory's managers, Thome Group, said the ship had a hole in its hull "after being struck by an unknown object on the waterline". Tehran has called the USA military presence "a target" rather than a threat.
"Since early May, there is an increased possibility that Iran and/or its regional proxies could take action against US and partner interests, including oil production infrastructure, after recently threatening to close the Strait of Hormuz", the warning read.
Saudi Arabia said Tuesday it stopped pumping on a major oil pipeline after it was hit by a coordinated drone attack by Iran-allied Yemen Houthi rebels.More news: The Last Watch Trailer Reminds There’s a Documentary After the Series Finale
The attacks took place against a backdrop of U.S.