Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian. Press TV

Reuters: Iran pledges to protect shared security interests with Yemen

May 2 (Reuters) - Iran's deputy foreign minister said Tehran will not let regional powers jeopardise its security interests in Yemen, Tasnim news agency reported, in the strongest acknowledgement yet of Iranian involvement in the Arabian peninsula.

Iran has denied accusations from Western and Arab states that it is arming Shi'ite Muslim Houthi rebels in Yemen. But it has regularly condemned a Saudi-led air campaign against the insurgents.

"Others will not be allowed to put our shared security at risk with military adventures," Hossein Amir Abdollahian said, according to the Iranian Tasnim news agency in an article published on Saturday.

WNU Editor: Yemen is now under a naval/air blockade ... so short of war and/or a direct confrontation by trying to break through the blockade, Iran's options are limited.

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