His country is increasingly being viewed as a breeding ground for terrorists, but Yemen's special representative to the United Nations makes the case that it can — with help — track down such enemies of the West and that it would have detained Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab before he allegedly tried to set off a bomb on a U.S-bound jet if it had been told about suspicions that the young Nigerian might have been radicalized.
Abdulmutallab recently studied in Yemen.
The Yemeni diplomat, Abdullah al-Saidi, spoke with All Things Considered's Robert Siegel earlier today. During their conversation, al-Saidi said the U.S. would not be justified in striking at terrorist camps in his country — that Yemen can crack down on those terrorists itself. He also said "we would have taken measures" if key intelligence about Abdulmutallab had been shared with Yemeni authorities.
As you'll hear in this excerpt, Robert points out, however, that Yemen also concedes it is a poor nation with relatively few resources for fighting terrorists:
More from Robert's conversation with the Yemeni diplomat is due on today's edition of ATC. Click here to find an NPR station near you.