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US strikes make it difficult to reach a political solution in the region, Iran tells UN

From CNN's Artemis Mostaghian, Jennifer Z. Deaton, and Hande Atay Alam

Recent strikes by the US military in the Middle East make it difficult to reach a political solution in the region, Iran’s foreign minister told the United Nations’ special envoy for Yemen on Saturday, according to Iran’s state-run news agency.

Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian made the comments prior to US officials confirming the latest strikes Saturday on Huthi targets. The attacks follow multiple joint US-UK airstrikes on the Iran-backed rebel group in Yemen last month.

During their meeting in Tehran, Amir-Abdollahian told Special Envoy Hans Grundberg that the US strikes and its decision to designate the Huthis as a terrorist organization have “complicated the situation and made it more difficult to reach a political solution,” the state news agency, IRNA, reported.

Amir-Abdollahian also called US strikes “the continuation of Washington’s wrong and failed approach to resolve issues by force and through militarism,” IRNA reported.

Remember: The US also conducted major airstrikes on 85 targets across seven locations in Iraq and Syria on Friday in response to a drone strike in Jordan that killed three American soldiers.

The strikes in Yemen are distinct from the attacks in Iraq and Syria: The former is a response to ongoing Huthi attacks on international shipping and US warships in the Red Sea, while the latter is a retaliation for the deadly attack on US troops. But both target Iranian-backed groups in the Middle East.

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