Iran rejects 'vulgar' US assassination plot allegation

By REUTERS
October 12, 2011 10:34

 
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TEHRAN - US allegations that Iran plotted to assassinate Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Washington are a "mischievous, foolish" attempt to fuel tension between Tehran and Riyadh, a senior Iranian official said on Wednesday.

US authorities said on Tuesday that they had broken up a plot by two men linked to Iran's security agencies to kill the Saudi envoy, Adel al-Jubeir. One man was arrested last month while the other was believed to be in Iran.

Parliament speaker Ali Larijani, echoing Iran's official stance, denied the charges in an open session of parliament.

"These claims are vulgar ... It is a childish and amateur game ... We believe that our neighbors in the region are very well aware that America is using this story to ruin our relationship with Saudi Arabia," Larijani told parliament in a speech broadcast live on state radio.

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