Japan Defense Minister Taro Kono has said there is no evidence that Iran was behind the attack on the Saudi Aramco facilities over the weekend. Instead, he said Japan believed the Houthis carried out the attack based on their statement claiming responsibility.
The only evidence the White House has released to substantiate their claim of Iranian responsibility are satellite photos that really are not clear enough to establish blame. This is the second time this year that Japan has contradicted a Neo-Con attempt to pin an attack on Iran with insufficient evidence. Back in June Japan also contradicted the White House who blamed Iran for an explosion on a Japanese owned tanker in the Gulf of Oman. The president of the Japanese company that owned the tanker, Yutaka Katada also publicly disputed the White House’s account of the attack.
Minister Kono said that as Japan is an ally of both the United States and Iran they would be in a perfect mediating position. He said that Japan would not participate in any military retaliation and would instead pursue a diplomatic solution to the current crisis. It seems Iran is just a more convenient scapegoat for the attack, given that the Houthi rebels landing a blow as significant as this would be a massive propaganda blow to the Saudi Kingdom and their 4 year-long conflict with Yemen.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian also said that he is not aware of evidence demonstrating Iranian involvement, despite claims by the U.S. and Saudi officials. He said that France doesn’t have proof permitting it to say that these drones came from such and such a place and he doesn’t know if anybody has. He said we need a strategy of de-escalation for the area, and any move that goes against this de-escalation would be a bad move for the situation in the region.
It seems that anyone who does not have an agenda for the region is pressing X to cast some serious doubt on Neo-Con claims that Iran is behind the attack. Over the weekend, two Saudi Aramco facilities were hit by drones and caught fire. This led to a cut in oil production by 5.7 million barrels per day, about half of Saudi Arabia’s daily output, and a significant cost to oil interests in the region.