U.S. to Fail in Anti-Iran Pup­petry

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TEHRAN - A se­nior Ira­nian of­fi­cial re­jects un­founded US ac­cu­sa­tions about the Is­lamic Repub­lic pro­vid­ing Ye­men’s Houthi An­sarul­lah fighters with bal­lis­tic mis­siles, say­ing Wash­ing­ton will never achieve any suc­cess in its “pup­petry” against Tehran.

“They [U.S. of­fi­cials] di­rectly ac­cuse Iran of med­dling in Ye­men while they are in­di­rectly deny­ing the brav­ery, re­sis­tance and self-sac­ri­fice of the Ye­meni na­tion,” Ali Ak­bar Ve­lay­ati, a se­nior ad­vi­sor to Leader of the Is­lamic Rev­o­lu­tion Ay­a­tol­lah Seyed Ali Khamenei on in­ter­na­tional af­fairs, said in an in­ter­view.

On De­cem­ber 14, US Am­bas­sador to the UN Nikki Ha­ley pre­sented what she claimed to be “un­de­ni­able” ev­i­dence, in­clud­ing the al­legedly re­cov­ered pieces of a Ye­meni mis­sile, say­ing it proved that Iran was vi­o­lat­ing in­ter­na­tional law by giv­ing mis­siles to the Houthi An­sarul­lah move­ment. The Houthis have been fight­ing back a Saudi-led ag­gres­sion with al­lied Ye­meni army troops and tribal fighters since March 2015.

Ve­lay­ati said the Ye­meni peo­ple have so far suc­ceeded in de­feat­ing the Saudi-led coali­tion and the United Arab Emi­rates.

This is the rea­son why those who are con­duct­ing acts of ag­gres­sion in Ye­men have no op­tion but to ac­cuse other coun­tries like Iran, the se­nior Ira­nian of­fi­cial pointed out.

He said the U.S., Saudi Ara­bia and the UAE would fail to solve any prob­lem through lev­el­ing such ac­cu­sa­tions.

“If Saudi Ara­bia and the United Arab Emi­rates con­tinue their un­wise pol­icy, Ye­men will turn into a quag­mire, like Viet­nam, for the U.S.,” Ve­lay­ati warned.

He said Iran would con­tinue its sup­port for pop­u­lar free­dom move­ments in the re­gion and would never hes­i­tate in this re­gard even for a mo­ment.

Ve­lay­ati made the re­marks a day af­ter Chair­man of the Ira­nian Par­lia­ment’s Com­mit­tee on Na­tional Se­cu­rity and For­eign Pol­icy Alaed­din Borou­jerdi said U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s ef­fort to de­mo­nize Iran by ac­cus­ing the Is­lamic Repub­lic of sup­ply­ing bal­lis­tic mis­siles to Ye­men’s Houthi An­sarul­lah fighters was fu­tile and an ex­am­ple of “beat­ing the air.”

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