Psaki: Iran Funneling Arms to Houthis Won’t Make Us Re-Think Deal

White House Communications Director Jen Psaki stated that Iran possibly supplying weapons to the Houthis in Yemen has not made the administration re-consider its approach toward nuclear negotiations with Iran on Wednesday’s broadcast of CNN’s “New Day.”

Psaki was asked “given the news about Iran possibly supplying weapons to the Houthi rebels, does it make you rethink the dealings with Iran in the nuclear negotiations that we’re starting up again this week?”

She responded, “no, Alisyn. I think it’s important for people to remember what the goal of the nuclear negotiations is, and continues to be, which is preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. That is good for the region. It’s good for our Gulf partners. It’s good for the United States. It doesn’t mean we’re giving rubber stamp approval to their other actions. They continue to be a human rights violator, they continue to hold American citizens in their own country. There are still a number of other issues that we have with Iran, but there’s no question that preventing them from acquiring a nuclear weapon is in the interest of, not just the United States, but countries in the region as well. We’re going to continue to work toward that at the end of June.”

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