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Publish Date: 13:37 - 20 January 2021
Wednesday, 20 January 2021_Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement has slammed a recent decision by the United States to designate the popular group as “terrorist” and impose sanctions on some of its leaders, saying the move is in fact a “badge of honor” for the movement.

US decision to sanction Yemen’s Ansarullah badge of pride for movement: Spokesman“Such a move confirms that we have [successfully] stood up against the interests of the United States, and we will resist any act of aggression. Whatever the Yemeni leadership, the Armed Forces Command as well as Popular Committees stipulate is a legal and definitive option,” Mohammed Abdul-Salam, the movement’s spokesman, told al-Masirah television network on Tuesday night.

He said the US decision to blacklist Ansarullah — which went into effect on January 19 — will have no political, economic or humanitarian consequences since Yemenis have already experienced such measures in the past.

The Ansarullah spokesman went on to say that the international community contacted the popular Yemeni movement shortly after the US designation, and stressed that the decision had nothing to do with them and that Washington was acting recklessly on various issues.

Abdul-Salam hailed the position of some countries, which condemned the US move, saying, “We know that the step is due to our resistance against the excessive demands of the United States and those of the Zionist regime.”

He added that the Yemeni nation is not living on foreign aid but is instead trying to rely on its own indigenous resources.

“The United States has for decades employed all its options against our nation; either through the interference of its [diplomatic] missions in the domestic affairs of our country, or provoking wars and military conflicts, or making moves that hinder the progress of Yemenis,” Abdul-Salam said.

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