Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei and Ahmadinejad 311 (R).
(photo credit: Reuters)
TEHRAN - Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Saturday
US accusations that two Iranians planned to assassinate the Saudi
Arabian ambassador to Washington were "meaningless," state TV reported.
meaningless and nonsensical accusation has been raised against a few
Iranians in America, which was made into an excuse to present the
Islamic Republic as a supporter of terrorism," Khamenei told a crowd in
the western province of Kermanshah.
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"It didn't work, it won't work," he said.
English-language Press TV quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin
Mehmanparast as saying the US allegations were "untrue and baseless."
"It is a comedy show fabricated by America," he said. The relationship
between Iran and Saudi Arabia was based on "mutual respect" and could
not be harmed by "fabricating such baseless claims."
US authorities say they broke up a plot to bomb the Israeli and Saudi
Arabian embassies in Washington and assassinate the Saudi ambassador.
The alleged plotters were identified as Manssor Arbabsiar and Gholam
Shakuri -- both originally from Iran -- in a criminal complaint unsealed
in federal court in New York City.
The United States has said it held rare direct contacts with Iran over
the allegations. An Iranian news agency quoted an Iranian official at
the UN as denying that.
"I will again confirm that we did meet with the Iranians," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said on Friday.
"They know that very well, and any efforts on their part to deny it
speaks again to how truthful they are about any of these sorts of
Political tension between Iran and Saudi Arabia has been increasing
since Saudi forces intervened in March to help Bahrain's Sunni rulers
crush pro-reform demonstrations backed by the Shi'ite majority.
Iran and the United State are at odds over Tehran's disputed nuclear
program, which Washington and its allies say is a cover to build bombs.
Tehran denies this, saying it needs nuclear technology to generate
electricity to meet its booming domestic need. The United States and
Israel, which Iran refuses to recognize, have not ruled out military
action if diplomacy fails to resolve the row with Iran.
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