SANA, Yemen -- Secretary of State James A. Baker III, in his quest for a new United Nations resolution authorizing the use of force against Iraq, failed to win the support of Yemen, the only Arab nation presently on the U.N. Security Council, during a visit here yesterday.
"We knew it was going to be a very tough nut," a senior U.S. official said later. "But Secretary Baker is not at all disappointed or discouraged by the visit. They [the Yemenis] did not say no."
The official was reflecting the hope that Yemen, rather than vote against the projected resolution, might abstain when it is introduced, probably late next week.