Military Offensive Still Option if Rebels Reject Hodeida Withdrawal, Yemen Minister

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A government offensive on Yemen's Hodeida is still an option if rebels refuse to withdraw from the port city, a minister said Thursday, as the warring sides met for UN-brokered talks.

"We are now in negotiations in response to calls by the international community, the UN and the UN envoy. We are still looking into means towards peace," said Othman al-Mujalli, Yemen's agriculture minister. 

"But if they (the rebels) are not responsive, we have many options, including that of military decisiveness," he said in response to a question on the rebel-held city. "And we are ready."