US sheds crocodile tears for Yemen: Iranian spokesperson

In comments at a press conference on Monday, Saeed Khatibzadeh dismissed US Defense Department press secretary John Kirby’s concerns about the so-called threat from the Houthi Ansarullah movement in Yemen.

He said Iran was concerned about the lives of Yemenis who have been hit by seven years of war.

The Islamic Republic is concerned for Yemeni children who suffer from poverty and starvation and struggle to meet their basic needs, he added.

Khatibzadeh said the United States, which is complicit in the military campaign against Yemen by providing advanced weapons and fighter jets and giving military advice, cannot feel sympathy for the Yemeni people.

“Such a cycle of violence must end. It will not be solved with the sale of arms to the region,” the spokesperson added.

He said it was clear to everyone that the United States was shedding crocodile tears by selling arms to invaders in Yemen and pretending to care.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran calls on all parties for a peaceful solution and political dialogue to end the crisis in Yemen,” Khatibzadeh said.

Saudi Arabia, backed by the United States and regional allies, launched war on Yemen in March 2015, aiming to return the government of former Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi to power and crush the Ansarullah movement.

The war has claimed hundreds of thousands of Yemeni lives and displaced millions more. He also destroyed Yemen’s infrastructure and spread famine and infectious diseases there.

Yemen’s Ministry of Public Health said that in January alone, coalition airstrikes had killed at least 150 civilians and injured 350 others.

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