U.S. keeping embassies closed until threat is no longer viable

Despite Yemeni reports that the country foiled a major al-Qaida plot, the U.S. is keeping its embassies closed until a threat no longer remains, the U.S. State Department said on Wednesday.

Jen Psaki, the spokesperson for the State Department, made the remarks on Wednesday during her daily press briefing. Psaki responded to questions about reports from the Yemeni government that the country foiled a major al-Qaida plot. When asked if the foiled plot was part of the threat stream that caused embassy closures, Psaki said she would not get into specifics about the purportedly foiled plot.

"We, of course, have seen those reports," Psaki said. "As a reminder - and we talked about this a little bit yesterday - we do work closely with the Yemeni government on counterterrorism operations. I'm not going to get into any specifics from here from the podium on what was or wasn't a part of any threat stream. Our embassy remains closed."

Psaki said that while the U.S. has no reason not to trust the statements of the Yemeni government, the U.S. continues to believe there is a viable threat.

"We are keeping (the embassy) closed to keep our people safe and because we believe that a threat remains," Psaki said.