October 11, 2011
The United States has accused Iran of plotting to kill the Saudi ambassador to the United States and bomb the Saudi embassy in Washington, according to the embattled U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
Atty. Gen. Eric Holder and FBI Director Robert Mueller.
Holder and the Justice Department claim the plot was hatched in Mexico last May. Two Iranians, Manssor Arbabsiar and Gholam Shakuri, were accused of the attack in court documents, according to the New York Times.
The Justice Department claims Iran and Mexican drug cartels worked together on the plot.
Holder said there is “no basis to believe that any other co-conspirators are present in the U.S.” He said the two men are connected to Quds Force, a division of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps.
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Holder said that money to support the attack had been transferred through a New York bank, but that the men had not yet obtained any explosives.
“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,” Holder said.
The Justice Department made the criminal complaint public ahead of a fresh round of sanctions by the U.S. Treasury Department against the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which is already sanctioned for its role in overseeing Iran’s nuclear program.
The U.S. and Israel accuse Iran of secretly using its nuclear energy program to build nuclear weapons.
The Islamic Republic of Iran has rejected the accusation and characterized it as a “prefabricated scenario.”