Saudi Arabia takes Iran to UN over alleged plot

By REUTERS
October 16, 2011 11:02

 
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DUBAI - Saudi Arabia has taken a first step to have Iran reported to the United Nations Security Council, a move that could lead to new sanctions, over an alleged plot to assassinate its ambassador in Washington, Saudi-owned newspapers reported on Sunday.

"Saudi Arabia's permanent mission to the United Nations... formally requested the United Nations Secretary General notify the Security Council of the heinous conspiracy," the Asharq al-Awsat newspaper reported, citing a statement from the kingdom's UN mission.

The US on Tuesday said it had uncovered a plot by two men with links to Iran's security forces to assassinate Adel al-Jubeir by planting a bomb in a Washington restaurant.

One of the men, who had allegedly paid a US undercover agent posing as a Mexican drug cartel hit-man to carry out the assassination, has been arrested while the other is in Iran, the United States said.

Tehran has denied the charges.

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