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    US, Saudi Arabia 'Have No Right to Decide the Fate of Yemen'

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    US Secretary of State John Kerry recently announced that he was ‘deeply troubled’ by photographs shown to him by Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Nayef, which allegedly show missiles shipped from Iran that are now being deployed at the Yemeni-Saudi border.

    He further declared that the threat posed by these alleged shipments of missiles and other sophisticated weaponry from Iran to Yemen doesn’t pose a threat to Saudi Arabia alone, but to the entire region.

    Seyed Hadi Afghahi, Iranian diplomat and political analyst, told Sputnik that while the story about Iran allegedly supplying weapons to Yemeni rebel group Ansarullah is obviously a lie, these accusations also lead to a number of interesting conclusions.

    First, Afgani said, it’s no secret that the US, the ruling Saudi dynasty and their "so-called coalition" are directly responsible for the deaths of innocent Yemeni civilians.

    "We see today as warplanes supplied by the US to Saudis openly bomb residential areas in Yemeni cities, killing civilians. The UN protested against these actions on numerous occasions, even adding Saudi Arabia to a ‘black list’ of nations responsible for children rights violations. Unfortunately, Ban Ki-moon later confessed that due to tremendous pressure he was forced to remove the kingdom from that list… Today both the US and the Saudis are actively supporting this war. They’ve got no right to discuss and to decide the fate of Yemen," he said.

    He also pointed out that the US continues to supply Saudi Arabia with weapons that are used to kill Yemeni citizens. However, the actions of Saudi ruling dynasty in Yemen became so atrocious that even Barack Obama’s cabinet was forced to react and to veto shipments of military hardware to Riyadh.

    Afghani also stressed that while Iran never violated international laws, Saudi Arabia ‘burns down the region’ by committing actions like directly interfering with the internal affairs of Bahrain.

    "The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia officially supports and fund terrorists, including Daesh in Syria and Iraq. Meanwhile, not a single piece of evidence or document proving that Iran allegedly supplies missiles or other sort of cargo to Yemen has ever been presented," the analyst said.

    All in all, Afghani said, the statements made by US officials serve as a sign of a "political defeat" suffered by the United States, as a victor would never try to bring up baseless and illogical accusations against his opponent. And in the meantime, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia should leave Yemen alone and allow its people to resolve their differences through negotiations and political dialogue.

    "All these speculations about Iran allegedly supplying Yemenis with missiles, and about Iran being responsible for all the ‘mess’ in the region are merely echoes of a project called 'Iranophobia', designed to justify their own crimes. But all nations of the Middle Eastern region and the freethinking world elite understand who's really killing the Yemeni people. We Iranians provide political, moral and spiritual support to the people of Yemen. We’re interested in seeing them sitting down at the negotiating table and following the democratic way," Afghani said.

    He also remarked that if Iran decided to aid Yemen, it would do so openly, just like Tehran provides aid to Palestinians, to Syria and to Iraq.

    "Our military and our weapons help the Iraqi army and Hashd ash-Shaabi militia to fight against terrorism, and this anti-terrorist war against Daesh and Jabhat an-Nusra is encouraged by a number of UN resolutions. But the US now wants to clear the name of these Jabhat an-Nusra terrorists by masking them with different names and labels. Meanwhile, Iran operates strictly within the boundaries of international law. It was the US and its allies in the region who trampled the international laws and continue to fan wars and conflicts," he said.

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