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Monday, October 17, 2011

Iran's supreme leader warns against ‘inappropriate action’ on US plot claims

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, warned on Sunday of a ‘decisive response’ to any ‘inappropriate action’ over US claims of a Tehran-directed assassination plot. 

A member of the Iranian special foreign actions unit known as the Quds Force, have been charged in 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.
Iran called US allegations of a plan to kill the Saudi ambassador to Washington an "evil plot" by the United States, in a complaint sent to the United Nations.
Iran's US ambassador accused Israel of carrying out the murders of Iranian nuclear scientists with US support, in a letter sent to UN leader Ban Ki-moon and the UN Security Council late yesterday.
‘If American officials are entertaining any illusions, they should know that any inappropriate action,
 — Whether political or security-related,
Will meet with the Iranian people’s decisive response,’ he said in a speech in western Iran, according to his official website.
Khamenei, who has already labelled the plot claims ‘absurd,’ warned: ‘The Islamic republic of Iran will face off any plot, or destructive or obstructive measures, with all its might.’
The remarks came as US officials consult with allies and other countries on ratcheting up pressure on Iran, which is already subject to UN and US sanctions over its controversial nuclear programme.
Iran has fiercely denied any involvement in the thwarted plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to Washington.
"Iran categorically and in the strongest terms condemns this shameful allegation by the United States authorities and deplores it as a well-thought evil plot in line with their anti-Iranian policy," Mohammad Khazaee said in the letter.
Saudi Arabia has also said it will make "a suitable response" over the alleged plot, which it has requested be brought to the attention of the UN Security Council.
Britain and France have said they will back any measure to punish Iran on the issue.
Hillary Rodham Clinton saying the United States would use the allegations as leverage with other countries that reluctant to apply harsh penalties against Iran.
Iran's 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," Ahmadinejad was saying Sunday by the official IRNA news agency. "The culture of terror belongs to you," he said, addressing the United States.

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