Mon, 08 Mar 2021

WASHINGTON, Jan. 27 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday that his team was reviewing the terrorist designation of Yemen's Houthi group by the previous administration.

Blinken said during his first press briefing that the state department was reviewing several policy decisions by the Trump administration, with a particular focus on the designation of the Houthi group.

He noted that both the Houthis and Saudi Arabia-led intervention contributed to the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

"It's vitally important even in the midst of this crisis that we do everything we can to get humanitarian assistance to the people of Yemen, who are in desperate need," Blinken told reporters.

He added that the state department was taking "a very urgent and very close look" at the issue to ensure both U.S. and foreign aid groups could provide assistance to the country.

The United Nations had been concerned about the designation that Blinken's predecessor Mike Pompeo announced earlier this month, saying it might lead to serious humanitarian and political repercussions.

The top U.S. diplomat reaffirmed the Biden administration's declared policy that Washington would rejoin the Iranian nuclear deal if Tehran came back into full compliance.

When asked about the status of the F-35 fighter jets deal between the United States and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Blinken said that the state department was reviewing some pending foreign arms sales, calling it a "typical" move at the start of an administration.

Some U.S. lawmakers had voiced opposition to the deal, which was widely reported as a part of the U.S.-brokered agreement to normalize ties between the UAE and Israel that had been signed in September.

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