Reuters reveals U.S. plans to designate Yemen’s Houthi movement as foreign terrorist group
Reuters was first to report that the United States plans to designate Yemen’s Houthi movement as a foreign terrorist organization, a move that diplomats and aid groups worry could threaten peace talks and complicate efforts to combat the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. The decision to blacklist the Iran-aligned group – news that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed hours after the Reuters report – comes as the administration of President-elect Joe Biden prepares to take over from the Trump administration on Jan. 20. The Trump administration has been piling on sanctions related to Iran in recent weeks, prompting some Biden allies and outside analysts to conclude that Trump aides are seeking to make it harder for the incoming administration to re-engage with Iran and rejoin an international nuclear agreement.
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