Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei waves to people during a
rally. Could Iran's leaders and its Quds Force have
pursued such a sloppy
on the life of Saudi Arabia's U.S. ambassador on American soil?
Republic of Iran
World Sees Through
America's 'Evil Plot' Against Iranian Republic
Has Washington concocted a tale of
Iranian terror in order to, a) divert the anger of the American people over the
behavior of government leaders and financial officials, b) ruin Iran's
reputation among neighboring states, particularly with Saudi Arabia, c) divert the
Arab Spring from following the example of the Iranian Revolution and, d) help
Israel out of its current isolation? According to this news item from Iran's
state-controlled Kayhan, these motives explain the 'evil' fabrication
that Iran plotted to bomb and kill the Saudi ambassador to the United States.
The United States has accused
two Iranians of conspiring with Iran's government to kill the Saudi ambassador
to Washington, Adel al-Jubeir!
Washington claims one of the suspects
is Manssor Arbabsiar,
a holder of Iranian and U.S. passports who was arrested at New York's John F. Kennedy
Airport on September 29. The second suspect has been named as Gholam Shakuri.
Bizarrely enough, on Wednesday,
Britain's government also said it is consulting with the U.S. and others about
imposing new sanctions against Iran for its role in the alleged assassination
plot!! What’s more, U.S. officials also say they are working on an
international response to what U.S. Vice President Joe Biden called an "outrageous
Iran has denied the accusations.
Iran's U.N. Ambassador Mohammad
Khazaee has sent a letter to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon voicing
Iran's outrage over the allegations. In Tehran on Wednesday, Parliament Speaker
Ali Larijani called the
U.S. accusations a "childish game."
Larijani said Washington's "fabricated
allegations" were aimed at diverting attention from popular uprisings in
the Middle East, which Iran says were inspired by its own 1979 Islamic Revolution
that toppled the U.S.-backed Shah.
"America wants to divert
attention from its problems in the Middle East, but the Americans can't stop
the wave of Islamic awakening with such pretexts," Larijani said. "Perhaps
they seek to create an artificial crisis and problems among countries in this
region," he said.
Ambassador Khazaee's letter
to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the U.N. Security Council strongly condemned,
"this shameful allegation," which he said was, "a well-thought
evil plot" by Washington. In the letter, he touched on the assassinations,
with U.S. backing, of Iranian nuclear scientists by the occupying regime of
"The Iranian nation
seeks a world free from terrorism and considers the current U.S. warmongering
and propaganda machine against Iran as a threat, not just to Iran, but to peace
and stability in the Persian Gulf," read part of the letter.
Tehran has also summoned the Swiss
charge d'affaires about America's assassination allegations. U.S. interests are
represented by the Swiss Embassy in Tehran since the U.S. and Iran have no
Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi
criticized the United States for its latest "failed game and media
campaign" against the Islamic Republic. He said that the U.S. seeks to
create tension between Tehran and Riyadh by claiming that it has arrested Iranian
agents conspiring to assassinate the Saudi ambassador.
The U.S. has been trying to
make the best of Iran's indignation with Saudi Arabia following the kingdom's deployment
of troops to help Bahrain's rulers quell pro-democracy protesters amid Western
Minister Salehi said that
while Iran and Saudi Arabia may have their differences on certain fronts, they
have always tried to resolve their disputes through dialogue.
A number of other ministers
also reacted strongly to the latest U.S.-Israeli propaganda campaign.
Culture Minister Mohammad Hosseini said,
“This is a new campaign of propaganda to distract attention from ongoing
developments in the region and beyond. Because of the wave of Islamic awakening,
the U.S. is losing its regional allies. The U.S. economy is in tatters and Americans
have taken to the streets to protest their government's policies. So they need
a way out and that's exactly what they are doing now. But I must say it is very
Housing and Transportation Minister
Ali Nikzad said, “Iran's prior
actions are crystal clear. The country's system is based on ethical and Islamic
values. The international community has been familiar with Iran’s policies for 32
years. Never once have we tarnished this unique image.”
Minister of Economic Affairs
and Finance Shamseddin
Hosseini said, “They are publishing this false news attacking us - particularly
now, since we are preparing to go to the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.
It's obvious that they want to undercut our bilateral relations and harm our
Minister of Industry and
Ghazanfari likewise said, “The Islamic Republic has always been for global
peace, justice, friendship and tranquility. Not coincidentally, these are the
core values of our religion. We have always seen such conspiracies against us. They
[the Americans] have committed the worst possible crimes against humanity in
Afghanistan and Iraq. Now they are conspiring against Syria. With such a record,
they have no standing to label us as criminals."
After a cabinet session on
Wednesday, Foreign Minister Salehi told reporters, "America has launched a
mischievous scenario. But be certain, they will sooner or later apologize (to
Salehi warned the United
States against "confrontation" over the accusations.
"We are not seeking
confrontation; our policy is cooperation and interaction. But if they want to
impose a confrontation on the Iranian nation, the consequences will be more
severe for them," he said.
A Foreign Ministry statement said,
“Iran condemns America's baseless claims … and warns against repeating such
politically motivated allegations."
During the meeting, the Foreign
Ministry's North America bureau chief said that since the victory of the
Islamic Revolution, Iran has been among the leading victims of terrorist groups
sponsored by the United States.
The Swiss charge d'affaires
assured the Iranian official that Iran's message would be quickly conveyed to
Washington and that a response would be relayed to Tehran.
Deputy Foreign Minister Hasan
Qashqavi ruled out any rupture in relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia, saying:
"Such baseless allegations cannot have the least impact on our ties."
He also pointed to Islamic
principles that clearly prohibit acts of terror, reiterating that the Islamic
Republic of Iran has always condemned terrorism as the country that has been
one of its major victims.
"The U.S. and Israel
have been irked by the peace and tranquility in Iran and seek to undermine it,"
Ali Akbar Javanfekr,
press adviser to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, told AFP on Tuesday:
"This is a prefabricated scenario to turn public attention away from
domestic problems within the United States."
He added that, "The U.S.
government and CIA have a lot of experience diverting public attention from
domestic problems in the United States".
spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said that the "ludicrous" claims hinged
on the hostile stance adopted by the U.S. and Zionist regime.
attitudes, which are based on the age-old and hostile American-Zionist policies,
are a ridiculous show. They are in line with the fabrication of scenarios with
divisive ends that the enemies of Islam and the region are prone to invent,"
The Iranian official asserted,
“The plotters of such manufactured scenarios seek to sow division and help the
Zionist regime out of its current isolation.”
In sum, the latest vague
allegations should come as no surprise, because the international community is very
well aware that the U.S. and its allies have failed to isolate Iran through
sanctions or political channels. Perhaps that explains why they have launched
this new propaganda campaign against the Islamic Republic.
Just as importantly, the U.S.
is desperate to save Israel and use such news to distract the American people
from their domestic problems. But as maintained by Iranian officials, this
brazen and bizarre alleged terror plot will fail to get the desired results - just
as all previous attempts have.
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