The U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia said US should take what he called "reasonable responses short of war" after it had determined who was behind attacks on oil tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, Reuters reported.
"We need to do a thorough investigation to understand what happened, why it happened, and then come up with reasonable responses short of war," Ambassador John Abizaid told reporters in the Saudi capital Riyadh in remarks published on Tuesday.
"It's not in (Iran's) interest, it's not in our interest, it's not in Saudi Arabia’s interest to have a conflict.”
Earlier, Saudi Arabia reported that two of its oil tankers were subjected to a sabotage attack off the UAE coast. Saudi Arabia called the incident an attempt to undermine the reliability of world oil supplies.
UAE Representatives said the day before that the attacks were made on four merchant ships near the Emirate of Fujairah near the Strait of Hormuz.