About 50,000 Yemenis are already “starving to death in what is essentially a small famine”, he warned.
Five million more are near starvation.
The executive director of the World Food Programme, David Beasley, said: “We are struggling now without the designation. With the designation, it’s going to be catastrophic.”
“It literally is going to be a death sentence to hundreds of thousands, if not millions of innocent people in Yemen.”