Saudi failure in Yemen resembles that of US in Vietnam: Iran official

A senior Iranian official says Saudi Arabia’s failure in the war on Yemen resembles that of the US in Vietnam back in 1970s, rejecting Washington’s claims of Tehran’s arms transfer to Yemeni forces as an attempt to justify the defeat of its allies in the offensive.
“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, a senior advisor to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, said in an interview with the Al-Alam news network on Wednesday.
Velayati said the Saudi war on Yemen comes at a time when the kingdom is grappling with numerous woes, including a budget deficit which has forced the rulers in Riyadh to hold a group of royals captive and take bribes from them in exchange for their freedom under what is claimed to be an anti-graft campaign.
“Neither Saudi Arabia is stronger than Americans, nor are the Yemenis weaker than the Vietnamese,” said the Iranian official, emphasizing that the people of Yemen will eventually emerge victorious.
The Iranian official further dismissed “worthless” remarks by US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley that an Iranian missile had been used by Yemen’s Ansarullah movement to target Saudi soil.
Velayati said Iran has not supplied any missiles to Yemen, and that the Arab country does not need any arms as the Yemenis have so far been able to stand against the Saudi aggression with the military equipment they already possess.
The Islamic Republic has, however, been providing the Yemenis with humanitarian assistance and political support, he added.
Velayati also said, “We are not worried about the fact that the world knows Iran has given arms to Iraq, Syria or Lebanon” to confront Daesh and other Takfiri terrorists in the region.