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US rules out 'knee jerk' response to Saudi attack

US defense officials were ordered to plan potential responses to the attack on Saudi Arabia's oil facilities in a Monday meeting with President Donald Trump, but the White House is waiting for the Kingdom's rulers to decide on a response before charting a path forward, administration officials and sources familiar their thinking tell CNN.

US sanctions Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif

The United States sanctioned Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif Wednesday, following through on a weeks-old threat that is likely to elevate already heightened tensions with Iran.

Iran test fires medium-range ballistic missile

Iran test-fired a medium-range ballistic missile late Wednesday that traveled 1,000 kilometers from its southern launch point into northern Iran, according to a US official with direct knowledge of the event.

Iranian president: White House 'suffering mental disability'

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the White House is "suffering from mental disability" and behaving as "no sane person," in the wake of new sanctions imposed by President Donald Trump earlier this week which an Iranian spokesman said have closed the "channel of diplomacy forever."

Iran accuses US of escalating tensions

The US narrative of a deepening threat from Iran was questioned and contradicted as senior Iranian officials warned the US against conflict and Russia's foreign minister spoke of a "downward spiral."