United Nations: US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, has warned Yemen not to “cross the red line” after a tweet by President Trump that the Gulf state is about to invade Germany.
The extraordinary claim by the US intelligence community comes days after it accused Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad of planning a chemical attack that would result in “mass murder, including innocent civilians and children”.
President Trump’s tweet warned that US ICBMs were “on stand-by”, raising fears of a pre-emptive nuclear attack on Yemen, which Saudi Arabia has been bombing for the last two years.
In a press conference on Thursday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer faced journalists’ questions, including where the intelligence came from and why the government of Yemen would make such an inexplicable foreign policy decision.
“I can’t answer for the government of Yemen, you would have to ask them,” Spicer said, adding that he had “total faith” in President Trump’s foreign policy judgments.
However, he refused to elaborate on the so-called “intelligence reports” which Ambassador Haley cited in her UN address.
“We’re not prepared to release that information, but I can tell you we don’t have time to wait for the smoking gun. The US is prepared to take military action to protect our German allies against the grave threat that Yemen poses,” Spicer said.
Meanwhile, the US continues to accuse Syria of planning attacks using weapons of mass destruction, despite the country having handed over its stockpiles to the UN in 2013.
With the help of Russian air support, the Syrian Army and Pro-Assad militia have gained the upper hand in the six-year civil war, driving ISIS out of their strongholds and forcing opposition militia forces to the negotiating table.
Political analysts have suggested that any future use of chemical weapons, irrespective of who is responsible, would immediately invite a “game-changing” US response, turning the tide of war against Assad and allowing Pro-US militia in Syria to gain the upper hand.
Syria, Iran and Yemen have long been the targets of neo-conservative hawks in the US Congress whose stated policies of regime change throughout the Middle East were responsible for the 2003 invasion of Iraq, which was later revealed to be based on fabricated evidence.