Source: Radio Farda
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that Iran has no interest in easing the suffering of Yemen's people and "the Mullahs don't even care for ordinary Iranians".
"He is interested in talking about the plight of Yemen's civilian population only insofar as it lets him take cheap shots at Iran" https://t.co/TLJsOMSUXQ— Daniel Larison (@DanielLarison) November 28, 2018
Pompeo's remarks coincided with a closed session of the United States Senate
that debated a response to Saudi Arabia for the murder of columnist Jamal
Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
The senators passed a resolution to pull U.S. support from the war in Yemen, in what is seen as a rebuke to both Riyadh and President Donald Trump.
Pompeo's basic case is that we have to love Saudi Arabia because Iran sucks.— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) November 28, 2018
This is a 3rd grade analysis of the Middle East. The region simply isn't a zero sum Saudi/Iran puzzle where you need hate Iran and suck up to KSA by equal measure. https://t.co/PWqNe27Zem
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis both came to Capitol Hill to urgently lobby against the resolution, which would call for an end to U.S. military assistance for the conflict that human rights advocates say is wreaking havoc on Yemen and subjecting civilians to indiscriminate bombing.
Iran's regime has no interest in easing Yemeni suffering; the mullahs don't even care for ordinary Iranians. Saudi Arabia has invested billions to relieve suffering in #Yemen. Iran has invested zero.— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) November 28, 2018
Separately, Pompeo said U.S. involvement in the Yemen conflict is central to the
Trump administration's broader goal of containing Iranian influence in the
His language was blunt in a Wall Street Journal article, writing that Khashoggi's murder "has heightened the Capitol Hill caterwauling and media pile-on. But degrading U.S.-Saudi ties would be a grave mistake for the national security of the U.S. and its allies."
With reporting by AP, Reuters
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