‘US will be forced to apologise’

2011-10-12 13:04

Tehran – Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi said today that the United States would be forced to apologise for its allegation that Iran was behind a plot to assassinate the Saudi Arabian ambassador to Washington.

“This latest scenario was indeed a very amateurish game and the Americans will eventually be forced to apologise to Iran for these baseless charges,” Salehi told the official IRNA news agency.

“The Americans have numerous internal problems and just want to overshadow them with these evil charges,” the Iranian chief diplomat said.

Iranian officials have categorically denied US charges of involvement in plans to assassinate the ambassador.

Salehi said Iran had always enjoyed good relations with Saudi Arabia and any differences were purely at regional, and not at the bilateral level.

The foreign minister also warned other countries against joining the US in its latest conspiracy against Iran.

The Iranian envoy to the United Nations in New York, Mohammad Khazaei, sent Iran’s official complaint to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the UN Security Council.

“It might set a very dangerous trend in international relations if one country is allowed to manufacture such baseless accusations against another country,” Khazaei said in the letter.

The speaker of the Iranian parliament, Ali Larijani, termed the US charges a “childish game” with the aim of creating an “artificial crisis”.

Iran has a record of assassinating Iranian dissidents and opposition figures abroad, such as Kurdish opposition rebels in Vienna and Berlin in 1989 and 1992, but not of targeting foreign officials.

Observers have questioned whether the assassination of a Saudi diplomat would be of political benefit to the Islamic republic.

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