Experts: Iran never accepts U.S. accusation unserious

Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 14 / Trend , D.Khatinoglu/

Iran has sent a denial letter to the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and an appeal to the UN Security Council to complain of the recent U.S. accusations of Iran's plotting assassination of the Saudi ambassador to Washington.

Iran's diplomatic activities have been intensified despite rejecting the accusation by some Iranian high-ranking officials or Iranian Supreme Leader and President's silence.

"Iranian officials have been investigating the issue seriously inside the country, despite their rejects and calling the accusation baseless and weak scenario. Iran has faced with serious threatens which may lead to its isolation dangerously," Iranian expert Reza Taghizadeh told Trend via telephone from London.

The U.S. federal prosecutors in New York charged two Iranians with plotting an assassination of the Saudi ambassador to the U.S., Adel Al-Jubeir on Wednesday and Iranian Quds Force, an elite unit of the Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has been accused of plotting assassination.

IRGC denied any involvement of the Quds force in the alleged plot and Iranian Foreign Ministry absolutely rejected the accusation, saying this is U.S. diversionary tactic.

The U.S. has launched a huge campaign with its European allies and Saudi Arabia to tighten sanctions against Iran.

Saudi Foreign Minister Saud bin Faisal bin Abdul-Aziz said on Thursday that Saudi Arabia possesses exact information about the Iranian plans to commit terror attacks on the country, but it will not favor Iran. He said Iran is responsible for any act of hostility against his country.

On the other hand, U.K. Foreign Secretary William Hague urged that Britain will work with the United States, the European Union and Saudi Arabia to agree on an international response to an alleged Iranian-backed plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to Washington, Reuters reported.

The resident fellow at American Enterprise Institute Ali Alfoneh told Trend in an e-mail that "authorizing an assassination plot against Saudi ambassador hardly fits Khamenei's cautious style. As expected, such a plot, successful or foiled, has ignited another serious crisis in the Iran's relations with the U.S. and Saudi Arabia, which would not be Khamenei's interest".

The U.S. has not published any evidence about its claim so far.

According to Taghizadeh, assassination plot in the U.S. is never in favor of Iranian government's interest as well. "Iranian authorities are seeking for probable roots of the alleged plot inside Iran seriously to know who has planned it, because this fact will put Iran before serious consequences, if it is proved. Planning an assassination plot in abroad is a direct interference in government's foreign policy'.

Who is winner?

Some Iranian media quoted experts estimating the U.S. claim as a pretext to gather international community against Iran.

According to Taghizadeh's opinion, nobody can accept the alleged plot as unserious despite the U.S. has not published any evidence. "On the other hand, some forces in Iran may benefit from igniting Iran's conflicts with the West countries, especially IRGC. The more Iranian regime faces threats, the more it leans on the IRGC".

Alfoneh also thinks that IRGC could benefit the crisis by unifying the disunited political factions inside Iran up to March 2012 parliamentary election, elect its war veterans into office and seize total power in Iran and free itself from what may remain of civilian control with the armed forces.

The consequences of alleged assassination plot

Washington is preparing to apply the toughest possible sanctions to further isolate Iran, U.S. President Barack Obama said on Thursday. Speaking at a news conference, President Obama said the United States would not take any options off the table in dealing with Iran.

Obama said there was "no dispute" that Iran was involved in an alleged terrorist plot against the Saudi ambassador in Washington that was uncovered this week.

On the other hand, the Obama administration said it was "actively" considering sanctioning Iran's Central Bank in retaliation for an alleged Iranian assassination plot, a move that could severely damage Iran's economy and potentially provoke a strong response from Tehran.

Taghizadeh thinks that the military punishment against Iran had been carried out in past, such as bombing Iran's Sorosh and Rostam oil fields. "But, regarding unstable situation in Middle East, the U.S. military reaction seems unlikely, but tightening the economic sanctions against Iran is possible," he said.

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