Washington (Associated Press)-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Sunday that, over time, the Trump administration will designate the Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen as a “foreign terrorist organization.” The name will take effect on January 19, the day before President-elect Biden takes office.
The announcement came as Pompeo and his senior aides were eager to complete what they believed would consolidate their legacy and that of the president. According to several administrative officials, in addition to the Huth appointment, Pompeo is expected to redesignate Cuba as a “national sponsor of terrorism”
Both of these actions will impose or re-impose sanctions on targets, and may complicate the diplomacy of the incoming Biden administration. Pompeo announced on Saturday that restrictions on diplomatic contacts between the United States and Taiwan officials were ineffective, angering China. In addition, officials said, Pompeo plans to establish clear links between Iran and Al Qaeda before leaving office on January 20, and to target more Iranian entities through sanctions.
Officials do not have the right to discuss these steps publicly because they have not been announced and they did not want to be named.
For months, the government has been weighing the official appointment of the Houthi rebels as a “foreign terrorist organization.” However, this effort has reached a deadlock over internal differences, which are about whether sanctions can be effectively implemented without exacerbating Yemen’s serious humanitarian crisis.
After arranging certain exemptions to allow assistance to continue, the Ministry of Finance’s objections were apparently overcome last week.
Later on Sunday, Pompeo announced that he would continue to appoint the Houthis (Houthis.), also known as Ansarsallah, and three separate terrorist appointments by senior rebel leaders.
He said: “These titles will provide more tools to counter the terrorist activities and terrorism of Ansarallah, a deadly militia supported by Iran.” “The purpose of these names is to make Ansarallah responsible for its terrorist acts. , Including cross-border attacks that threaten civilians, infrastructure and commercial transportation.”
The consideration of this name has caused complaints from relief organizations that warn that the sanctions may prove to be disastrous efforts because these efforts have helped bring troubled Yemeni civilians and Husseis forced to support from Saudi Arabia. The conflict with the Yemeni government starved to death.
Pompeo said in a statement: “The United States is concerned about the impact of these names on the humanitarian situation in Yemen.” “We are planning to take measures to reduce their impact on certain humanitarian activities and Yemen’s imports.”
He said these measures will include the US Treasury Department’s issuance of special permits to allow US aid to continue to flow to Yemen and for humanitarian organizations to continue working in Yemen.
President Donald Trump took a hard line against Cuba and withdrew many of the sanctions relaxed or lifted by the Obama administration as part of a broader settlement with the island. The removal of Cuba from the list of “national sponsors of terrorism” is a key part of this effort, and its long-term goal is to re-enter the country’s list.
Officials say that such a designation is legal, and it is not clear whether it will meet all the technical criteria required to get Cuba back on the list on Sunday. Officials said that when the Obama administration removed Cuba from the list, it has determined that the country no longer supports international terrorism, but Pompeo is expected to use Cuba’s support for Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro as the main reason.
Pompeo is also expected to speak later this week, condemning Iran for allegedly hiding and supporting Osama bin Laden’s Al-Qaida network members. U.S. officials stated in November that Iran has been hiding Al-Qaida’s No. 2 figure, Abu Muhammad al-Masri, who was killed by Israeli agents and bin Laden’s son Hamza bin. The widow of Hamza bin Laden was killed by Israeli agents in Iran.
Since the President withdrew from the 2015 nuclear agreement in 2018 and began to impose sanctions on sanctions that were stopped under the agreement, the Trump administration has been steadily increasing its pressure on Iran, which was designed to contain Iran’s nuclear program.
Pompeo announced on Saturday that he would remove all restrictions on contacts between US diplomats and Taiwanese officials. These restrictions have existed since the United States formally adopted the “One China” policy in 1979 and recognized Beijing after it announced its formal abandonment of diplomatic relations with Taipei.
Pompeo has been at the forefront of the government’s pursuit of China because of China’s actions in Taiwan, dissent and human rights suppression in Tibet, Hong Kong and western Xinjiang, and Beijing’s controversial maritime claims in the South China Sea.