US, allies seek continued bloodshed in Yemen to benefit arms sales

TEHRAN, Nov. 11 (MNA) – Former Iranian Ambassador to Kuwait Reza Mirabian says the United States and its allies should be held responsible for dragging on the war in Yemen as they have been trying to reach their financial goals via arms sales.

Mirabian, an Iranian expert on Middle East affairs, urged the need to address the deplorable situation in the war-torn country, saying, the longer the war goes on in Yemen, the more the US and the UK will benefit from arm sales to the Saudi-led military coalition.

He dismissed the US’s claims that the Islamic Republic is to blame for the challenges facing Yemenis, and said they seek to use false accusations to distract the attentions from their own evil deeds in the poorest Arab country.

In an interview this week, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused Iran of arming Yemen’s Houthi group—a charge Tehran denies—and said the challenge in the Arab country is in large part the responsibility of the Iranian leadership.

This is while, Iran has always placed special emphasis on the point that solution to the Yemeni crisis is political not military.

With regard to the measures taken by Iran on the conflict, Mirabian said, “The Islamic Republic of Iran will make its utmost effort to restore peace and security to Yemen.”

Pointing to the US demanding Saudi Arabia to stop the crisis in Yemen, the Iranian official said, the US’s ultimatum to Saudis is in fact “a green light to the coalition” implying that “if you want to sit down at the negotiating table with many options, you ought to finish what you have started in Yemen.”

That is why the coalition commited the war crime in Hodeidah, he added.

Impoverished Yemen has remained wracked by violence since 2015, when Saudi Arabia, the United States and their allies launched a devastating air campaign in Yemen.

Over 10,000 people have been killed during the war in Yemen and 8.4 million are suffering famine.

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