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CNN: Pentagon: 'Absolutely unnecessary' for Iran warships to escort vessel to Yemen

Washington (CNN)The Pentagon is calling on Iran not to unload humanitarian supplies in Yemen but rather dock a ship full of relief items in next door Djibouti, where the United Nations is setting up a supply hub.

If the Iranians are "planning some sort of stunt," perhaps using the ship to deliver weapons, that would be "unhelpful," Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren told reporters Tuesday.

A U.S. defense official separately told CNN that the current intelligence indicates there are no weapons on board the Iranian ship, but the concern continues to center around Iranian government statements that its warships will escort the relief vessel.

WNU Editor: The level of distrust is off the charts in this conflict.

More News On Iranian Warships Will Be Accompanying Their Aid Ships To Yemen

Iran should send aid ship to Djibouti, not Yemen says US -- The Guardian
U.S. calls on Iran to redirect Yemen-bound cargo ship -- Reuters
Pentagon monitoring another Iranian cargo ship headed toward Yemen -- FOX News
U.S. urges restraint as Iran warships escort cargo ship to Yemen -- Reuters
Iran Says Its Navy Will Protect Aid Ship Heading to Yemen -- ABC News/AP
Iran warships to accompany humanitarian cargo ship to Yemen -- RT
Iran’s Navy to Escort Aid Ship to Yemen Amid Saudi Tensions -- Bloomberg
Iranian Cargo Ship Heads Toward Yemen and Saudi Blockade -- New York Times
Iranian cargo ship heading to Yemen will be protected by warships -- Al Bawaba
Iranian warships will escort Yemen-bound cargo ship: IRNA -- Reuters

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