UN prepared to 'take further steps' if Yemen negotiations continue to stall

The United Nations Security Council said it was gravely concerned after the dominant Houthi movement in Yemen dissolved parliament on Friday and said a new interim assembly and government would be formed.

"The members of the Security Council declare their readiness to take further steps if U.N.-led negotiations are not immediately resumed," Chinese UN. Ambassador Liu Jieyi told reporters. China is president of the council for February.

The 15-nation council also called for the immediate release of Yemen's president, prime minister and cabinet from house arrest.