Iran warns oil industry to stay alert to physical & cyber threats



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Iran warns oil industry to stay alert to physical & cyber threats

On Sunday, the 29th of September 2019, in the wake of a withering backdrop in the Gulf amid heightening tensions with the United States, Iran’s oil minister raised an alarming bell to its US sanction-hit petroleum industry, adding that Iran’s oil industry must be argus-eyed to any kind of physical and cyber-attack as tensions with United States heightened this weekend following a US sanction on China’s COSCO over allegations that the Chinese oil freight company had been allegedly channelling crude oil from Iran.

On top of that, latest warning of Iran’s oil minister came forth a day after US media reports had revealed yesterday (September 28th) that Pentagon had been contemplating possible cyber-attacks on Iran following September 14th’s attack on Saudi Aramco that had wiped out roughly half of the oil-dependent Kingdom’s oil output, which US officials alongside its allies in the United Kingdom had blamed on Iran despite an acknowledgement of the Yemeni Houthis, however, Tehran had repeatedly denied the allegations.

Amid such a tense vibe of vociferous doldrum of another US-Iran military confrontation five years after the countries had agreed to a ceasefire, asking all Iranian oil facilities to be fully alert and prepared for any cyber or physical attacks, Iran’s Oil Minister, Bijan Zanganeh said in a statement on Sunday (September 29th), “All companies and facilities of the oil industry should be fully alert to physical and cyber threats as sanctions target the petroleum industry. ”