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TEHRAN (AP) — Iran’s supreme leader warned the United States on Sunday that any measures taken against Tehran over an alleged plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to Washington would elicit a “resolute” response.
Two men, including a member of the Iranian special foreign actions unit known as the Quds Force, have been charged in a New York federal court with conspiring to kill the Saudi diplomat, Adel Al-Jubeir. U.S. officials have said no one was ever in any immediate danger from the plot.
“If U.S. officials have some delusions, (they must) know that any unsuitable act, whether political or security, will meet a resolute response from the Iranian nation,” state TV quoted Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as saying.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has been blunt in saying the United States would use the allegations as leverage with other countries that have been reluctant to apply harsh sanctions or penalties against Iran.
But Ayatollah Khamenei, who has the final say on all state matters in Iran, said that the U.S. accused Iran of terror in order to divert attention from its economic woes and from the “Occupy Wall Street” protest movement.
“By attributing an absurd and meaningless accusation to a few Iranians, they tried … to show that Iran is a supporter of terrorism. … This conspiracy didn’t work and won’t work,” he said.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, for his part, dismissed the U.S. accusations as a fabricated “scenario.”
“Iran is a civilized nation and doesn’t need to resort to assassination,” Mr. Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying Sunday by the official IRNA news agency. “The culture of terror belongs to you,” he said, addressing the United States.
Iranian officials consistently have denied the allegations since they first emerged last week. An earlier statement by Ayatollah Khamenei on Saturday and Mr. Ahmadinejad’s remarks on Sunday were the first comments made by the country’s two highest leaders.
In a formal statement released Saturday, the Iranian government said it has no connection to Manssor Arbabsiar, the man arrested in the alleged plot.
“Unilaterally announcing accusations without showing documentation and creating a media wave against Iran is in no way compatible with legal logic, and can only be a purely media and political show,” it said.
Mr. Arbabsiar is a 56-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen who also had an Iranian passport. In May 2011, the criminal complaint says, he approached someone he believed to be a member of the vicious Mexican narco-terror group Los Zetas for help with an attack on a Saudi embassy. The man he approached turned out to be an informant for U.S. drug agents, it says.
The U.S. charges that Mr. Arbabsiar was told by his cousin Abdul Reza Shahlai, a high-ranking member of the Quds Force, to recruit a drug trafficker because drug gangs have a reputation for assassinations.
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