Saudi officers killed in helicopter crash in Yemen

Eloi Lecerf
Abril 19, 2017

"Since the restructuring of the energy sector ... one of our key priorities is to engage with the private sector", Falih said, adding he was confident the programme would be delivered.

Some officials in the Trump administration have called for more American military support for the Saudi-led coalition.

The failed North Korean missile test over the weekend was an attempt by the reclusive country to "provoke something", U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Tuesday, pledging that the United States will work with China to reduce tensions.

Mattis said the Sunday test, which US defense officials said failed and blew up nearly immediately, was not an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), a weapon that could have the capability of reaching the continental U.S.

They said at least 13 people, including military personnel from Saudi Arabia and the Arab countries of the Persian Gulf region, were on board the copter when it crashed.

Saudi air force has been launching airstrikes on Yemen, mainly Houthi dominated areas, since March 2015, while the coalition announced this week that the war will continue until all Yemen's territories are under the control of Yemeni elected government.

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"Our aim is that this crisis can be handed to a team of negotiators under the aegis of the United Nations that can try to find a political solution as quickly as possible", he said as he flew to Riyadh.

"[North Korea] is ready to react to any mode of war desired by the USA", said Kim In Ryong, North Korea's deputy ambassador to the United Nations. As the Trump administration draws a tougher line with the regime, what options are open to the US, its allies and China?

"I'm on my way to meet with the king and his principal subordinates, and to discuss the security situation as they see it, and how we can deepen and broaden our strategic relationship with them", said the defense secretary.

The U.S. security alliance with Saudi Arabia, dating to 1944 and based largely on the Saudis' oil riches, has made Washington the kingdom's most important arms supplier.

The Middle East is familiar turf for Mattis, a Marine veteran of the Iraq war who rose to four-star rank. He also is scheduled to visit Egypt, Israel, Qatar, and Djibouti in the Horn of Africa.

Mattis mentioned the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un while traveling to Saudi Arabia for weeklong tour of the Middle East.

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