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Biden: Iran will pay for murder plot

2011-10-12 18:36

Washington - Iran will be "held accountable" for its foiled plot to kill Saudi Arabia's US ambassador, and faces international condemnation for the thwarted assassination plot, US Vice President Joe Biden declared on Wednesday.

"Nothing has been taken off the table," Biden told ABC television's Good Morning America programme, regarding Washington's reaction after the US justice department on Tuesday charged two men with conspiring with Iranian government factions to kill Saudi Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir on US soil.

The alleged high-level plot involved detonating a bomb at a restaurant the envoy frequented, an act which could also have claimed the lives of countless of innocent patrons.

"It is an outrageous act, where the Iranians will have to be held accountable," Biden said.

"The first thing we do is make sure the entire world and all of the capitals in the world understand what the Iranians had in mind," Biden said.

Member of Quds Force

He called the alleged plot "an outrage that violates one of the fundamental premises, which is the safety and sanctity of diplomats.

"We're in the process of uniting world public opinion continuing to isolate and condemn their behaviour."

A criminal complaint in Washington on Tuesday named Manssor Arbabsiar, a naturalised US citizen holding Iranian and US passports, and Gholam Shakuri, an Iran-based member of the Quds Force, a unit of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, in the alleged plot.

Biden told ABC that the heinous alleged murder plot would "unite the whole world in the moral disapprobation of the Iranians", and that the global community would respond accordingly - possibly with a new round of sanctions.

"The world is united," he said. "It's not United States versus Iran... the isolation of Iran and the attempt to change the behaviour is universal - not just with us."

Comments
  • Libertador - 2011-10-12 18:47

    Biden told ABC that the heinous alleged murder plot would "unite the whole world in the moral disapprobation of the Iranians", and that the global community would respond accordingly - possibly with a new round of sanctions. "The world is united," he said. "It's not United States versus Iran... the isolation of Iran and the attempt to change the behaviour is universal - not just with us." xxxxxxxxxxxx America is drunk with power--it is falling over and breaking things. It is feared, only because of its ability to destroy the house. It does not have the respect of the watching world.

      rightguard - 2011-10-12 18:59

      Libertador Sounds like the drums of war to me in the post-Lehman era.World War 2 brought the USA to economic pre-eminence.Looks like they want to follow suit starting with Libya(oil),Greece(Acropolis),Italy(gold) and now Iran(oil).Be afraid..be very afraid

      slg - 2011-10-12 20:44

      Again, you both support brutal dictatorships. It's from this perspective that you express your opinions.

      DonQuixote - 2011-10-12 21:43

      sig "Again, you both support brutal dictatorships. It's from this perspective that you express your opinions." Come again? This supposed "assassination plot" is highly suspicious at best, and bears hardly a semblance of truth according to more reasonable interpretations. 1. Why on earth would Iranians target the Saudi ambassador to the US in Washington? Why not the one in Tehran, on their doorstep? Or in any other Muslim country, from which they could easily gain access to any crucial intelligence required to carry out the assassination? 2. Some sources say that $100,000 was wired through US as payment for the assassination. Yes, because hardcore Iranian terrorists most certainly would conduct their banking through US channels accompanied by the receipt "in payment for assassination services rendered". 3. Saudi already has huge political import in Washington, and it stands to reason that they have an agenda to half-bake a story such as this. 4. "Operation Red Coalition". Wow, how Persian/Armenian of them. Listen, as deplorable as the Iranian regime may be, they're not blundering idiots, no matter how much the US would like us to believe it. Just have a glance at Ahmajinedad's speech at the UNGA.

      slg - 2011-10-13 06:21

      Libertador and Rightguard both support brutal dictatorships in Moamar Gadhafi. The Iranian regime are dumb thugs. End of story. If it is as you say, the event will end soon enough. There is such scrutiny about these things in the rabid US media that it doesn't stand a chance if it is fabricated. The US administration would not for a moment float a suspect event because of this. We shall see.

      Libertador - 2011-10-13 07:33

      @Slg Terrorism, do you really want us to go there to see who has been bringing terror to millions of people around the world. I'll give you a clue, the CIA are a terrorist organisation, they have brought terror around the world to millions of citizens by destabilizing elected governments and supporting contras.

      Marvis - 2011-10-13 12:07

      SLG: You speak as if you know the answer to everything. How many things have America fabricated in the past? You speak of the media that will scrutinize this. Do you know that 80% of the worlds mass media is owned by 3 corporations? Have you ever watched Fox, ABC, ect? it is pure propaganda. America can spin any story they like and people like you will believe it.

  • Delta Roger - 2011-10-12 18:55

    Why would Iran want to kill the Saudi ambassador? Another ploy by the americans to discredit a country that has the guts to stand up to the "bully boy" of the west.The american propaganda machine is running out of credible ideas. America,not everybody gets hoodwinked by your crap.

      GT - 2011-10-12 19:02

      delta - Try reading about the iran saudi relationship before you sprout nonsense.

      Komasa - 2011-10-13 08:06

      @GT only on the 'redneck' websites.

  • andre^^ - 2011-10-12 19:45

    Its possible that America fabricated it, it is also possible that Iran did actually plan to do it out of stupidity(?) BUT there is also a 3rd option, consider that Iran planned it all knowing that America will figure it out thus forcing them to tell the world about it and making them look ridiculous revealing this apparent fabricated ploy in order to further their apparent corparate greed. It's all jiberish... I'm most likely completely wrong ;p

      slg - 2011-10-12 20:47

      Interesting, but too smart. Governments aren't that intelligent. It's straight-forward: the Iranian regime (distinct from Iranians) is a major supporter of terrorism.

  • Sadeck - 2011-10-13 08:20

    Shame on you Iran! Shame on you! Attempting to do what comes so naturally to America and Israel. This level of expertise belongs to them only.

  • Emile - 2011-10-13 09:41

    I tell you poeple the world is spoiling for a fight, hell in 28 June 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was murdered and then everybody decided yep that`s a good enough reason for a scrap and then promply started shelling the crap out of each other, and sending young dudes to die by there thousands for a few feet of ground in brutal trench warfare so the general can move his drinks cabinet closer to Berlin in the end poeple never learn from history untill it bithc slaps them in the face.. PEACE

  • Fred - 2011-10-13 11:53

    Sounds suspiciously like a CIA/Mossad operation to get the world to turn a blind eye to the Israelis bombing the crap out of Iran.

      Adam - 2011-10-21 16:40

      im down with that. go team cia/mossad

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