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Iran complains to UN over U.S. accusations

Iran Materials 14 October 2011 15:37
Iran has sent a denial letter to the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and an appeal to the Security Council to complain of the recent U.S. accusations of Iran’s plotting assassination of the Saudi ambassador to Washington.
Iran complains to UN over U.S. accusations

Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 14 /Trend T.Konyayeva, T.Jafarov /

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

Earlier this week, the U.S. authorities said they had broken up plans by two men linked to Iranian Quds Force - a special unit of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) - to assassinate Saudi Ambassador to Washington Adel al-Jubeir.

U.S. Attorney-General Eric Holder said on Wednesday the plot was masterminded, sponsored and directed from Iran, but declined to disclose details of the conspiracy and confirm that it was approved and ordered directly by Iranian authorities.

Iran denies the allegations saying the U.S. uses this tactic to slander again Iran. The IRGC also rejected any involvement of the Quds force in the plot alleged by the United States.

The two detainees are Manssor Arbabsiar, a 56-year-old naturalised US citizen with dual Iranian and U.S. passports, and Gholam Shakuri, who is based in Iran.

On Tuesday, the U.S. also imposed sanctions against five people it linked to the alleged assassination plot, including two men charged over the investigation, BBC reported.

Iran and Saudi Arabia, a U.S. ally, are regional rivals. The U.S. and its allies accuse Iran of using its civilian nuclear program as a cover to develop nuclear weapons and are putting pressure to abandon it. Iran has denied the charges, saying its nuclear program is aimed at generating electricity and producing isotopes to treat medical patients.

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