Saudi King Abdullah 311 Reuters.
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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.
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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.
US on Tuesday said it had uncovered a plot by two men with links to
Iran's security forces to assassinate Saudi ambassador 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
hitman to carry out the assassination, has been arrested while the
other is in Iran, the United States said.
Tehran has denied the charges.
Saudi step followed remarks by US President Barack Obama that he would
press for "the toughest possible sanctions" against Iran over the
alleged plot and vowed not to take any options off the table - a phrase
commonly used to mean the possibility of using force.
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said on Wednesday in Vienna
that Iran "was responsible" for the alleged plot and insisted the
kingdom would adopt a "measured response".
Tensions between Shi'ite Muslim Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia have risen
in recent months as Arab uprisings have altered the balance of power in
the Middle East.
Saudi Arabia earlier this month appeared to blame Iran, without naming
it, for instigating clashes between members of the kingdom's Shi'ite
minority and security forces on Oct 3 in which 14 people were injured.