The FBI and DEA agents have disrupted an alleged Iranian-backed plot to launch a “significant terrorist act in the United States,” which allegedly would have targeted the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States and potentially Israeli diplomats as well. “Bombings of the Saudi and Israeli embassies in Buenos Aires, Argentina, were also discussed,” ABC News reports. Iran has been listed as a “state sponsor” of terror since 1984 and the new plot began in May when an Iranian-American from Corpus Christi, Texas approached a DEA informant seeking the help of a Mexican drug cartel to assassinate the Saudi ambassador.
The complaint alleges that this conspiracy was conceived, was sponsored and was directed form Iran, and constitutes a flagrant violation of U.S. and international law including a convention that explicitly protects diplomats from being harmed.
In addition to holding these individual conspirators accountable for their alleged role in this plot, the United States is committed to holding Iran accountable for its actions.
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“One thing that’s important to remember, … these are serious allegations but at this point they are just allegations,” said CNN’s Reza Sayah, “And if you look at this regime’s history, it doesn’t fit their M.O. Is it possible that they were involved? Certainly. Do these allegations need to be proven, do we need to see more details? I would say certainly before jumping to conclusions.”
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in an interview with the AP that the alleged terror plot, which she said “crosses a line,” also “creates a potential for international reaction that will further isolate Iran.” The U.S. is in discussions with other countries about potential diplomatic moves to hold Iran to account.