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Iran ready to attack inside US - NIA

2012-01-31 22:17

Washington - Iran's alleged plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States suggests the country's leaders are now more willing to launch attacks on American soil, the US spy chief said on Tuesday.

Last year's suspected conspiracy "shows that some Iranian officials - including Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei - have changed their calculus and are now more willing to conduct an attack in the United States in response to real or perceived US actions that threaten the regime," National Intelligence Director James Clapper told a senate hearing in prepared remarks.

The United States was also concerned about possible Iranian attacks against US or allied targets abroad, he said.

But Iran's actions would depend on how Tehran's leaders assess the consequences of the suspected Saudi plot and perceptions of Washington's stance, he said.

"Iran's willingness to sponsor future attacks in the United States or against our interests abroad probably will be shaped by Tehran's evaluation of the costs it bears for the plot against [Saudi Arabia's] ambassador as well as Iranian leaders' perceptions of US threats against the regime," he said.

Clapper did not elaborate beyond those brief remarks and most of his comments on Iran focused on Tehran's disputed nuclear programme, portraying the Islamic republic's leaders as still open to diplomatic influence.

In October the United States alleged that Iranian officials used an Iranian-American car salesperson to hire a Mexican drug gang in a plot to blow up the Saudi envoy.

The United States claimed it traced the plot back to the Quds Force, a special operations unit of Iran's Revolutionary Guards.

Iran has repeatedly denied any involvement in the plot.

Comments
  • Seja - 2012-02-01 00:20

    ... there they go again with their bulls***t stories about plots. Theyre just looking for a reason to attack Iran and topple its leaders for their selfish interests!

      kthage - 2012-02-01 01:40

      @Boer, Why are you so bitter? I travel a lot around the globe, including USA as some of our offices are located there. I don't know how well informed you are. Iran has never attacked any country except Iraq when it defended itself against Saddam Hussein. You can't even use the much debated rant about Ahmadinejad and Israel as the basis of attacking Iran. Ahmadinejad as President of Iran he is not Commander-In-Chief, he does not have the power/mandate to declare war or command the military. Even AIEA has overstepped its mandate to inspect the nuclear facilities instead it is making recommendations that Iran is trying to build a bomb. History is repeating itself, the same precursors that existed before the Iraq invasion, they are being implemented now. Every major news broadcaster is covering Iran now, I'm in Houston, Texas. The western powers are not interested in Iran's oil. What they are trying to do is to monopolize nuclear energy by always pulling the fear card.

      Anthony - 2012-02-01 02:53

      @Kthage in Houstan Texas, "The fear card" ?? No, one , and that certainly is not only the West, is just making sure, that Iran will not get a nuclear bomb. Besides that they are exporters of terrorism, one can not have these weapons in hands of a crazed leadership!!!

      Barry - 2012-02-01 06:24

      If any country is in the hands of a crazed leadership and exporting terrorism it is the USA.

      Michele - 2012-02-01 08:05

      Seja before you make sweeping commments go and read up on Iran ( remember that this is a Sharia law state ) and the political fight that is going on between the Khomeini and Ahmebenejad ( some real esoteric stuff ) and then you will quickly change your mind. You clearly get all your news from Aljazeera who are not exactly pro west. Try get a balanced view in future.

      Merven - 2012-02-01 08:16

      '... there they go again with their bulls***t stories about plots. Theyre just looking for a reason to attack Iran and topple its leaders for their selfish interests!' And yet you say to Boer 'convinced that YOU KNOW the innerworkings of politics in AMERICA AND IRAN?' Lol, wonder who is retarded here.

      Fidel - 2012-02-01 09:50

      @Anthony The only exporters of terror are the US/NATO drones dropping bombs on Muslim villages and their weddings, wiping out whole families in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen.

  • Gerhard - 2012-02-01 05:56

    Iran should nuke the USA and stop making threats.

      Seja - 2012-02-01 07:35

      No way! The US is just itching for a war!! US economy is stagnant and wars provide a huge budget deficit and get (pseudo)cash rolling!! If US gets nuked then they have a case to present to UN and NATO to bring in their friends (UK and France etc) to join in and obliterate IRAN and set up a nice Central Bank in Iran that will funnel money to them under the rule of a puppet leader set up in Iran. If Iran throws the first punch then it will definitely be their last.

      Hotkop - 2012-02-01 08:21

      That will surely be a death sentence for Iran. Keep in mind that the US prepaired themselves in the cold war for a total nuclear war. The US have more ICBM than Iran's assault rifles.

      Hotkop - 2012-02-01 10:17

      It's funny how all these idiots know everything about the US..Mind bogling.

  • Alfred - 2012-02-01 06:02

    'In October the United States alleged that Iranian officials used an Iranian-American car salesperson to hire a Mexican drug gang in a plot to blow up the Saudi envoy.' Wow! do the americans really believe any rational person would believe that absurdly bizarre story? Only Fox News watchers would be stupid enough to believe that ridicules story. The war mongering americans are really desperate to manufacture a premise for war against Iran. At least the 'weapons of mass destruction' lie was in the realm of plausibility.

      Ivan - 2012-02-01 08:56

      Alfred, the mexican drug cartels are ditributing heroin which they obtain from Afghanistan, Iran etc. They have tunnels running under the US border which are very well enginered. It is certainly not beyond the realms of possibility that such plots have happened and will occur again.

      ikabot - 2012-02-01 12:33

      Ivan, I heard that the Iranians have tunnels under Europe and the Atlantic Ocean that they use to smuggle drugs into the US. They're also to blame for the Columbine massacre and Oklahoma City bombings. We all know that all terrorists are sponsored by Iran. They're evil. Ask Obama.

  • Sarel van Deventer - 2012-02-01 08:06

    sadda, hussein was a dick, good riddens some one went and got rid of that dictator, sa,e goes for gaddafi and the same for iran and north korea. When a country is willing to wipe other countrys of the map then they should be wiped of. When u clean your house u dont sweep the filth to the corner, u sweep it out. Theres no room in this world for dictators any more

      Paco - 2012-02-01 08:34

      the biggest warmongers were Bush and Blair so how come no one killed them and invaded the US and the Uk ?

  • Sarel van Deventer - 2012-02-01 08:06

    sadda, hussein was a dick, good riddens some one went and got rid of that dictator, sa,e goes for gaddafi and the same for iran and north korea. When a country is willing to wipe other countrys of the map then they should be wiped of. When u clean your house u dont sweep the filth to the corner, u sweep it out. Theres no room in this world for dictators any more

      Bones - 2012-02-01 08:26

      Nee jis boet! Praat liewer Afrikaans, want jy is besig om jou naam ordentelik gat te maak hier. And rather comment on subjects that you have more understanding of, instead of ranting from an emotional viewpoint about topics you really have no knowledge about.

      Seja - 2012-02-01 08:52

      Right on Bones!! its amazing how people automatically condemn leaders in far away places like that!! would you swear people like Gaddafi are their next door neighbours!!Sarel you have never met Saddam, you have never met Gaddafi, you have never met Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, you have never met Hugo Chavez, you have never met Fidel Castro, you have never met Kim-Yong-Un... or have you?? these leaders all have one thing in common - they want to protect their land and their people from the greedy and evil West!!

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-02-01 11:30

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al-Anfal_Campaign

  • Greg - 2012-02-01 09:28

    The internet has a wealth of testimonies from Muslims who have converted to Christianity and the one common revelation coming out of the mouths of Muslim Imams and Muftas that have converted is that Islam is a false religion and that the average Muslim person, through ignorance, has not realised the falsehood they follow. They point out that an Islamic Republic like Iran is a danger to the civilised world precisely because the religion is founded on and promotes violence against women, non-muslims and apostates, particularly as the real power of Iran is in the hands of the religious leaders. These testimonies warn that the non-Islamic countries are naive in their politically correct positions on Islam and do not realise the danger they are creating for their citizens.

      Fidel - 2012-02-01 09:47

      If Iranians *were* all annihilated, along with the Iraqis and Afghans and all the pesky Muslims, Western countries would still need a cosmic enemy. Probably India or China would be next. Iranian rulers are smart enough to know that giving nuclear technology will not stop Israel via its proxies to come up with other excuses and threats against Iran. Not as long as there are huge amounts of gas and oil sitting on Iranian subterranean. Your consent has been manufactured.

      Alfred - 2012-02-01 11:12

      And which branch of christianity is the one true religion? Greg claiming that your primitive myth is the one true myth while all other myths are false without a shred of evidence to back your claims is just plain delusional. By the way the bible also promotes violence against infidels and that women are second class citizens who must obey their husbands. What do you think inspired the crusades where millions were slaughtered? Funny one would think a christian would know the bible. Christians are just as ignorant and violent as muslims. It is actually less moral and takes much less courage to drop a massive bomb from 20 000 ft and kill hundreds of innocent people than it is to strap a bomb to yourself and kill a few dozens innocents in a restaurant. At least the suicide bomber is doing unto others as he is doing unto him/herself. In this century alone christians and jews have killed one hundred times as many muslims as muslims have killed christians or jews. Muslim fanatics killed 3000 americans on 9/11 so America invaded Afghanistan and Iraq (which had absolutely nothing to do with 9/11) and killed over 100 000 muslims. Both christianity and islam are equally absurd and false.

  • Fidel - 2012-02-01 09:45

    The war drums are beating, many of the same powerful interest groups are pushing for it, and the usual dupes are lining up to help demonise the Iranian state to provide political cover for the warmongering factions.

  • Alfred - 2012-02-01 21:44

    Wow someone has managed to hack the like and dislikes. I would live to know who. Abviously a pro american christian.

      Greg - 2012-02-02 12:31

      Whatever gives you consolation .......

      Alfred - 2012-02-03 06:40

      @Greg Actually I watched the numbers change on one comment from 26 likes and 5 dislikes to 26 likes and 34 dislikes in a matter of minutes and all the pro christian, pro american comments dislikes suddenly turned to zero and likes sky rocketed while the anti religious, anti american likes were zeroed and the dislikes skyrocketed. Maybe it's a miracle hey Greg?

      Alfred - 2012-02-03 12:20

      Actually the buzz on the internet is that it is Israeli agents that are manipulating the likes and dislikes. Some advice to those agents; you might get away with adding numbers but when you zero existing numbers it makes it patently obvious that someone is manipulating the numbers. A pretty unsophisticated attempt.

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