Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei waves to people during a

rally. Could Iran's leaders and its Quds Force have pursued such a sloppy

attempt on the life of Saudi Arabia's U.S. ambassador on American soil?



Kayhan, Islamic 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.


By Ghanbar Naderi and Reports


October 13, 2011


Islamic Republic of Iran - Kayhan - Home Page (English)

The suspect: Naturalized American Manssor Arbabsiar is charged with being hired by Iran's Quds Force to kill the Saudi Ambassador to the United States.


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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 act."


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 Israel.


"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 diplomatic relations.


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 silence.


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.




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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 clumsy.”


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 regional interests.”


Minister of Industry and Business Mehdi 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 Iran)."


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," Qashqavi said.


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".


Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said that the "ludicrous" claims hinged on the hostile stance adopted by the U.S. and Zionist regime.


"These threadbare 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," he said.


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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