The Pentagon will present President Trump with military options on Iran as tension between Washington and Tehran continues to reach new highs.
Defense officials are expected to present those options to the president on Friday, just days after an unprecedented attack on Saudi oil production, which the U.S. has viewed as a serious threat to the global energy supply.
According to an Associated Press report, the president will be presented with options which include airstrikes and other alternatives.
This comes just one day after Iran threatened “all out war” with the United States if it retaliates over the oil attack, which is believed to have been carried out by the Islamic Republic.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif slammed the U.S. Thursday while saying it still hopes to avoid military engagement, but it “won’t blink” to defend its territory.
Zarif continued by saying, “They’ve done whatever they [U.S.] could and they haven’t been able to bring us to our knees.”
The attack on Saudi oil production occurred Saturday and reportedly involved drone strikes, which wiped out 5% of the world’s daily oil production prompting prices to soar across the globe.
President Trump responded to the attack by increasing sanctions targeting Tehran.
The president made the announcement Wednesday via twitter saying he had “just instructed the Secretary of the Treasury” to increase the sanctions on Iran which are already crippling its otherwise crumbling economy.
The foreign minister also blasted those sanctions, saying they will have to be lifted before any negotiations with the United States could take place.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo landed in Saudi Arabia earlier in the week calling the oil attack an “act of war” while slamming Iran for putting the global energy supply at risk.
The top American diplomat took to twitter Thursday regarding the attack saying, “The U.S. stands with Saudi Arabia and supports its right to defend itself. The Iranian regime’s threatening behavior will not be tolerated.”