On Sunday, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia warned in an interview declared that oil prices could spike to “unimaginably high numbers” if the world does not come together to undermine Iran but said he would prefer a political solution to a military one.
Mohammed bin Salman while talking to the CBS program “60 Minutes” denied that he ordered the killing of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi operatives almost one year ago, but said he ultimately bears “full responsibility” as the leader of his country.
Asked how the killing could have happened without him knowing about it,” the crown prince said: “Some think that I should know what 3 million people working for the Saudi government do daily? It’s impossible that the 3 million would send their daily reports to the leader or the second-highest person in the Saudi government.”.
He insisted that “the investigations are being carried out, and once charges are proven against someone, regardless of their rank, it will be taken to court, no exception made.”
The death of Jamal Khashoggi has been protested globally and has also damaged the crown prince’s reputation. Trump administration’s tense standoff with Iran has recently dominated U.S policy toward Riyadh, especially after the Sep. 14 attacks on the mainland of the Saudi oil industry.
The crown prince said, “If the world does not take strong and firm action to deter Iran, we will see further escalations that will threaten world interests.”
“Oil supplies will be disrupted and oil prices will jump to unimaginably high numbers that we haven’t seen in our lifetimes,” he added.
On Tuesday, while giving an interview the Saudi Prince said that he agreed with U.S Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that the Sep. 14 attacks were an act of war by Iran. The attack paralyzed more than 5% of the global oil supply and damaged the world’s biggest petroleum-processing facility.
Claiming that a further war between Saudi Arabia and Iran would collapse the global economy, he indicated towards a peaceful resolution. Iran was accused of the attack by the US, European powers and Saudi Arabia.
“The political and peaceful solution is much better than the military one,” he said. He also suggested that US President Donald Trump should meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to craft a fresh deal on Tehran’s nuclear program and influence across the middle east.
An attempt to bring the two together last week at UN General Assembly was failed. On the other side tensions between Washington and Tehran have escalated over the U.S. withdrawal from an Iranian nuclear deal.