DAMASCUS, SYRIA (03:40) – According to top Iranian official Ali Akbar Velayati, the destructive Saudi war on Yemen and its failure to subdue the impoverished nation resembles the failure of the United States to defeat Vietnam back in the 1970s.
“Yemen has turned into another Vietnam for Saudi Arabia, just as Americans suffered a defeat in Vietnam despite being fully equipped and were forced to retreated from Southeast Asia with humiliation,” Ali Akbar Velayati, senior advisor to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Khamenei, said in an interview with the Al-Alam news agency.
Velayati continued stating that Saudi Arabia is faced with numerous internal problems, including a severe budget deficit that threatens the economic future of the kingdom.
“Neither Saudi Arabia is stronger than Americans, nor are the Yemenis weaker than the Vietnamese,” said the senior advisor, adding that he believes the people of Yemen will eventually emerge victorious out of the conflict.
Velayati concluded by dismissing the “worthless” claims by United States UN representative Nikki Haley that Iran would have been the one supplying missiles to the Ansarullah forces in Yemen. The Ansarullah movement, also known as the Houthis, have over the course of the past months carried out several successful ballistic missile launches into Saudi Arabia as retaliation for the heavy aerial bombings committed by Riyadh.
The Iranian official said that Iran has not supplied any missiles to Yemen, adding that Yemen does not need any arms, as the nation has so far been quite capable to stand against the Saudi aggression with the military equipment they already possess.
Regarding weapons trade with other Arab nations in the region, Ali Akbar Velayati simply said “We are not worried about the fact that the world knows Iran has given arms to Iraq, Syria or Lebanon”, adding that these weapons are used to confront Daesh and other takfiri terrorist movements in the region.