Iran, in 'rant' to US, rebuts plot allegations

WASHINGTON - Iran has sent the UnitedStates a formal diplomatic note disputing US allegations thatTehran was behind an alleged plot to assassinate the Saudiambassador to the United States, the State Department said onTuesday.

"It was about seven pages. It was a rant. It was full ofall kinds of denials," State Department spokeswoman VictoriaNuland told a news briefing. "There was not a lot new in therefrom our perspective."

US officials announced last month they had uncovered aplot by two men with links to Iran's security forces toassassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States byplanting a bomb at a Washington restaurant.