UK freezes assets of five over alleged Iranian plot

October 18, 2011 20:48


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NOUAKCHOTT/LONDON - Britain has frozen the assets of five men, including two central suspects in an alleged Iranian plot to kill the Saudi ambassador in the United States, matching sanctions taken by US authorities.

Foreign Secretary William Hague told Reuters that Britain was discussing action with its European Union partners and expected other nations to follow suit with sanctions.

The five people targeted included Manssor Arbabsiar, a naturalized US citizen, who was arrested in September over the plot which Iran has dismissed as a fabricated "comedy show".

Gholam Shakuri, an Iranian who has been named by the US authorities as a co-plotter, was also included. He is believed to be in Iran.

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