On Thursday evening, a spokesman at Iran's mission to the United Nations said Zarif and President Hassan Rouhani had received US visas to attend next week's annual U.N. General Assembly meeting in NY.
Saudi Arabia will be returning its oil output to normal levels by the end of this month as it recalibrates from the damage made by the drone strikes on its Saudi Aramco oil processing facility on Saturday which wiped out around 5% of global oil supply.
Visiting Jeddah, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the attacks would be a major focus of next week's annual U.N. General Assembly meeting and suggested Saudi Arabia could make its case there. Pompeo will begin his trip in Jeddah, arriving 18 September.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman talked with South Korean President Moon Jae-in over the phone for about 30 minutes on Wednesday. "We'll see what happens".
Houthi rebels in Yemen, who are backed by Tehran, said Monday that oil installations in Saudi Arabia will remain among their targets and their weapons can reach anywhere in the country.
The S&P 500 and the Dow reversed losses to close higher on Wednesday and U.S. Treasury yields slipped after remarks by Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell tempered the market's initial reaction to the U.S. central bank's policy statement.
Whether the new stage of the long-running US-Iranian standoff leads to conflict is the big unknown.
"I think it is important for the Saudi government to understand what they're what they're trying to achieve".
An investigation into the origin of the attacks was still under way and the result will be announced later, he said.
Senior officials told CBS News that the locations were in southern Iran, at the northern end of the Gulf.
"(We are) fully prepared to surprise aggressors through a crushing and comprehensive answer to possible evil actions", Etemad quoted Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhan as saying.
There had been reports about a possible meeting between Trump and his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, during the upcoming U.N. General Assembly next week in NY. "I mean, it was an attack on the global economy". And we're ready to defend our interests and our allies in the region.
The raid exposed the vulnerability of Saudi Arabia's oil infrastructure and threw down a gauntlet to the United States, which wants to curb Iranian influence in the region.
"The military's instinct is increasingly that you can continue to pour resources into confronting Iran, but you're never going to fix the problem and, most importantly, you're taking resources away from confronting the real threats to the United States, which are China and Russian Federation", he said. "When you're the world's largest state sponsor of terror, you're going to have to change behaviour if the president of the United States is going to have a conversation with you", he said. A bipartisan group of House members on Monday called for new language in 2020 defence spending bills that would prevent the president from starting a war with Iran without congressional authorization. But, for the better part of 40 years, this kind of behaviour has been well documented, well known across the globe. "We've been tougher on Iran than any administration in history with the sanctions we've put on them up to and including yesterday from the briefing room", he said.
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Associated Press writers David Rising in Berlin, Angela Charlton in Paris, Qassim Abdul-Zahra in Baghdad and Edith M. Both Pompeo and Vice-President Mike Pence have condemned the attack on Saudi oil facilities as "an act of war ".