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Iran denounces ambassador 'plot' as US "media and political show"

Iran says the accusations linking it to a plot targeting the Saudi ambassador in the US are “in no way compatible with legal logic”.

Saudi Arabian ambassador to the US, Adel al-Jubeir, was reputedly the target of an assassination plot orchestrated by Iran.
Saudi Arabian ambassador to the US, Adel al-Jubeir, was reputedly the target of an assassination plot orchestrated by Iran.
Image: Charles Dharapak/AP

IRAN HAS FORCEFULLY denied any involvement in the alleged plot to kill the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States, attacking the US for what it said were ‘illogical’ claims.

In a statement circulated by Iran’s worldwide embassies, its foreign ministry said Mansour Arbabsiar – the man accused by the US of trying to assassinate the ambassador – had no links to the country.

“The arrested suspect allegedly involved in the plot has lived in the United States for the past 16 years and has had no link to Islamic Republic of Iran entities,” the statement asserted.

“Unilaterally announcing accusations against an American citizen residing in the U.S. 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.”

The US had alleged that Iran had attempted to hire a Mexican drug gang to assassinate the Saudi ambassador, Adel Al-Jubeir.

The ministry said the accusations had been levelled by “an obscure, anonymous secret agent” and were based on “statements, guesses and suppositions by individuals involved in drug smuggling!”

No admissible proof had been offered, it added, declaring that “such baseless allegations would never stand up in a proper, neutral courtroom”.

The statement said Iran “categorically denies” accusations made by the US, and said the accusation “reminds everyone that such illogical allegations are parts of an immature scenario and political show, and are nothing but a media smear campaign created by Washington”.

Washington had made the accusations in order to divert from the Occupy Wall Street protests, and to divert attention “from the Islamic Awakening in the region”, it said.

It also argued that Iran was one of the main victims of terrorism, with over 16,000 Iranians killed by terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan in the last three decades.

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