WASHINGTON, Sept 15 (KUNA) -- A senior White House official said Sunday that President Donald Trump and his national security team "keep many options on the table" regarding a retaliation on Iran's "malign behavior."
In an interview on Fox network, Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway said "this president and his national security team... keep many options on the table, particularly when it comes to retaliating against maligned behavior and protecting American interests and Americans and our American economy."
She reiterated that "the Iranian regime is responsible for this attack on civilian areas and infrastructure vital to our global energy supply, and we're not going to stand for that," referring to the attacks on Saturday on two oil facilities in Saudi Arabia.
"We will continue to call out maligned behavior, continue with the maximum pressure campaign in Iran, and this is a president who withdrew us from a very bad nuclear deal with a ne'er-do-well regime," she stressed.
Asked if Trump would still meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the upcoming UN General Assembly, Conway said "he'll consider it," adding that the "conditions also always must be right for this president to make a deal or take a meeting."
She affirmed "the president will always consider his options...we've never committed to that meeting at the United Nations General Assembly. The president just said he's looking at it. So, I'll allow the president to announce a meeting or a non-meeting."
She continued "when you attack Saudi Arabia... attack civilian areas, critical infrastructure to indeed the world... the global economy, global energy stability, you're not helping your case much."
Meanwhile, House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff told CBS network "Iranian know-how, Iranian technology was certainly involved."
"Whether the Iranians directly engaged in this or through the Houthi proxies is yet to be seen," he added.
On Saturday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed Iran for the attacks, tweeting that "Iran has now launched an unprecedented attack on the world's energy supply," and that "there is no evidence the attacks came from Yemen." (end)