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EU monitoring Middle East tensions very closely

Jerome Hughes
Press TV, Brussels

At a press conference in Brussels EU commissioner Maros Sefcovic said the attacks on key oil facilities in Saudi Arabia last Saturday show how the 28-country bloc needs to become less dependent on fuel imports.

We asked the energy commissioner about the potential to increase imports from Iran at which point he started talking about the future of the 2015 JCPOA international nuclear deal with Tehran. 

Amid growing tensions, Riyadh and Washington are blaming Iran for the attacks on the Saudi regime's oil facilities. Trump is promising even more sanctions on the Islamic Republic. Existing US sanctions on Iran were criticized on Thursday during a European Parliament debate focusing on human rights in the country. 

Other EU lawmakers also jumped to Tehran's defense. 

It has been suggested by peace activists, if the EU saves the Iran nuclear deal in defiance of Trump it will de-escalate tensions and bring the bloc closer together. 

Iran denies being behind the attacks in Saudi Arabia but many commentators are saying that narrative does not suit warmongers. 

Security analysts are echoing a sentiment being expressed by Iran's foreign minister, Zarif, that Trump should not allow himself to be goaded, by his Middle East allies, into a war with Iran as the consequences for the aggressors would be dire.

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