This morning we’re watching a developing situation in the Arabian Sea off the coast of Yemen.
Iranian cargo ships are getting closer to Yemen where there’s a war going on between rebels and the government.
Now, U.S. warships have moved into the area.
The U.S. has eight warships in the region. The Obama Administration says they’re not there to stop the Iranians. For now, they’re watching.
A U.S. aircraft carrier is hovering in the waters off Yemen this morning – not far from as seven Iranian cargo ships.
The U.S. fears they’re there to deliver weapons to the rebels fighting Yemen’s government. “That is a problem. And we’re not sending them obscure messages; we are sending them very direct messages about it,” said President Barack Obama.
“Providing weapons to the Houthis only increases violence and instability in this region,” said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest.
There’s an Arab blockade to keep Iran away. The U.S. is not part of that.
The State Department says we’re there to reassure our allies and keep shipping lanes open. “Our partners in the region rely on these for a lot of commerce, for a lot of economic value. So obviously, that’s something that’s in important to us,” said State Department Spokeswoman, Marie Harf.
If Iran’s goal was to scare Saudi Arabia, it may have worked.
The Saudis announced they’re ending airstrikes against the rebels and backing peace talks.
The Saudis insist they accomplished the first part of their mission – destroying weapons – but they say the campaign’s not over.
Tracie Potts, NBC News.