Iran-linked US terror plot thwarted
Washington - US agents have foiled what has been called a "significant terrorist act" linked to Iran which called for the assassination of the Saudi US ambassador and other attacks, ABC News reported on Tuesday.
The Justice Department scheduled an announcement at 18:00 GMT on what it called "significant national security enforcement action".
ABC said the plot included the assassination of the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States, with a bomb and subsequent bomb attacks on the Saudi and Israeli embassies in Washington.
The case, called Operation Red Coalition, began in May when an Iranian-American from Corpus Christi, Texas, approached a US informant seeking the help of a Mexican drug cartel to assassinate the Saudi ambassador, according to counter-terrorism officials.
The Iranian-American thought he was dealing with a member of the feared Zetas Mexican drug organisation, according to agents quoted by ABC.
The report said bombings of the Saudi and Israeli embassies in Argentina were also discussed.