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10/12/11

Iran complains to United Nations over U.S. terror plot allegations

Source: Press TV

Iran ambassador to the UN forwards a letter of complaint to the world body, voicing outrage over the US allegations of the Islamic Republic's involvement in a plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to Washington.

In a letter addressed to the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, the Iranian envoy, Mohammad Khazaei, equaled the allegation with an instance of politically-motivated 'warmongering' by the United States, IRNA reported.

The complaint followed the US Justice Department's claim that Iran had been involved in a plot to assassinate the Saudi official, Adel Al-Jubeir, with help from a suspected member of a Mexican drug cartel.

"The Iranian nation seeks a world free from terrorism and considers the current US warmongering and propaganda machine [working] against Iran as a threat not just against Iran but to the peace and stability in the Persian Gulf region," read part of the letter.

Iran's Ambassador to the United Nations, Mohammad Khazaei
Iran's Ambassador to the United Nations, Mohammad Khazaei (file photo)

Earlier in the day, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman, Ramin Mehmanparast, rejected the accusation, saying such 'ludicrous' claims hinged on the hostile joint stances adopted by the US and Israel against the country.

"These threadbare attitudes, which are based on the age-old and hostile American-Zionist policies, are a ridiculous show in line with certain [instances of] scenario fabrication of divisive ends on the part of the enemies of Islam and the region," he said.

He also condemned all acts of terrorism, adding that Washington was employing the legerdemain to divert attention from the growing domestic protests it was facing.

Iran summons Swiss envoy

Iran's Foreign Ministry has summoned the Swiss envoy to protest US allegations of Tehran's involvement in a plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to Washington.

During the meeting, head of the North America Bureau of the Iranian Foreign Ministry said since the victory of the Islamic Revolution Iran has been among the main victims of the terrorist activities of terrorist groups sponsored by the United States.

“Iran, therefore, condemns the baseless claims made by the US government... and warns against the repetition of such politically motivated allegations,” a Foreign Ministry statement said on Wednesday.

The Swiss charge d'affaires assured the Iranian official that Iran's message would be conveyed to Washington as soon as possible and that a response would be relayed to the Iranian Foreign Ministry.

The Swiss Embassy in Tehran also functions as the United States interest section.

The US Justice Department has accused Iran of involvement in a plot to assassinate the Saudi Arabian Ambassador to Washington, Adel Al-Jubeir, with help from a suspected member of a Mexican drug cartel.

Tehran says the media hype created by Washington is an attempt to deflect international attention from the intensifying anti-corruption and anti-corporatism protests in the country.

The US is the main supporter of Saudi Arabia -- one of the most repressive and undemocratic regimes in the world.

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