Iran speaker: US claims a distraction

2011-10-12 13:41

Tehran - US accusations that Iran was involved in an alleged plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to Washington is a "childish game" meant to distract the US public, Iran's parliament speaker said on Wednesday.

"The Americans have launched a stupid mischief. They want to divert attentions from the problems in the region," Ali Larijani said, according to Mehr news agency and other Iranian media.

"They made a lot of noise that they have arrested people who wanted to bomb the Saudi embassy... but even they themselves know that they have started a childish game.

"Maybe they are after creating an artificial crisis and creating problems among regional countries," said Larijani.

"We have normal relations with the Saudis. There is no reason for Iran to carry out these childish actions that they spoke of."

Other Iranian officials have called the allegations, made on Tuesday by the US justice department and the FBI, a "prefabricated scenario" and an "evil plot" meant to distract attention from US domestic woes.

Spike in US-Iran tensions

The US authorities said two Iranians - one also holding US citizenship - were part of a plot "conceived, sponsored and directed from Iran" and involving Iranian government factions to kill Saudi Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir in a bomb attack.

US Attorney General Eric Holder said "the United States is committed to holding Iran accountable for its actions" in the alleged plot.

The accusations have caused a spike in tensions between the US and Iran, which have been foes for more than 30 years, ever since Islamic students took US diplomats hostage in their embassy in Tehran after Iran's revolution.

The US has already imposed unilateral sanctions on Iran, on top of those agreed by the United Nations, to pressure Iran to halt its nuclear energy programme that Washington fears is being used to build atomic weapons, despite Tehran's repeated denial.

  • Bok Fan - 2011-10-12 13:49

    I for once agree with Iran. USA and UK are war hungry and fast becoming a symbol for death.

      Libertador - 2011-10-12 13:56

      These wars and bombings are the acts of a desperate and dying madman. The death twitches are self-evident.

      Met - 2011-10-12 15:07

      I see Ali Baba and his 40 robed thieves are here in force again. They still have not told me if the Iranian actress, Merzieh Vafamehr, was sentenced to 90 lashes for acting, if the pastor was sentenced to death for refusing to denounce Jesus, according to the quran, sharia law or the judges impulse?I am waiting---

      Ingwe - 2011-10-12 15:51

      Bok Fan what has this to do with the UK, I thought it was the US and Saudi

      Bok Fan - 2011-10-12 16:19

      The USA and UK are in bed together and cant even take a dump without each other

      yaris 1 - 2011-10-12 16:49

      yes bok the legal crimnals of the world are talking there bs again. its only to take the heat off israel.the cabinet of the usa should be taken to the hague for human rights violations. but they wont mess to much with iran that guy will send big rockets to tel aviv. and its about time.

      Libertador - 2011-10-12 16:55

      Both of these nations are deranged and are run by elitists, greedy imperialists and fanatics.

  • Libertador - 2011-10-12 13:54

    Americans and a lot of commentators on these threads need to re-visit George Orwell's 1984. Somebody in the halls of power in the US has decided to use 1984 as a manual...and very few Americans have noticed.

      Met - 2011-10-12 15:02

      You need to re- visit your senses To begin with, it says a lot about someone who uses the scum of the earths image, Che Guevarre?, as his icon. I personally lost out on the opportunity to shoot him in the Congo. If you want to see madmen, you need not look any further than the barbarians of the mid.east, the bearded and robed ones- the international murdering terrorists

      Libertador - 2011-10-12 16:18

      Your conclusions are positively laughable. Your being shrill and it is all rather unseemly.

      Met - 2011-10-12 18:09

      You are becoming incoherent and is proof that the dagga which you smoked, has done permanent damage

      Libertador - 2011-10-12 18:18

      If you don't stop annoying the adults who are trying to have a serious discussion then I'm afraid Santa will be informed and he won't be stopping at your shack.

  • GrahamB - 2011-10-12 14:22

    Laying the foundation for Americas next war...considering the US economy needs a war to survive..what else they gonna do with all their military might? save the i dont think so :)

      Illuminated - 2011-10-12 14:34

      not to mention all their mentally insame soldiers who have spend the last decade slaughtering men, women and children in Iraq and Afganistan.. not like they're gonna come home and become insurance sales people... all they know is death...

      Met - 2011-10-12 15:15

      Dont concern you with Americas economic woes. You need perspective.The GDP of the US is $14 trillion, China$5 trillion and mostly dependent on the American consumer. If america sneezes, the rest of the world has flu. You better hope that the US does not get flu. Its the only country which can shut its borders and pursue a closed economy. China will soon have to start living off the fat/savings.And where is it? In the USA- bonds

      Met - 2011-10-12 15:18

      You need Jesus for real illumination- then you will see clearly. You have obviously confused the Amercans with the arab barbarian terrorists.

      Libertador - 2011-10-12 15:46

      More like...... When America sneezes, the world now hands them a handkerchief and asks them to cover their mouth.

      mundu.olewega - 2011-10-12 18:44

      I hope they bomb Iran back to the stoneage.

  • Libertador - 2011-10-12 14:58

    FBI Director Robert Mueller said Tuesday that the alleged attack plan read like a story line from 'a Hollywood script.' The only thing which sort of surprises me is that they haven't (yet) found a way to drag Cuba or Venezuela into the 'plot'. But give them time.

      Met - 2011-10-12 18:16

      It would not surprise me in the least if Chavez and Castro has a finger in the pie. They were trained and educated by the Communist regimes of China and the Soviet Union, who collectively brutally and systematically, murdered more than 100 million of their own people, the very regimes you appear to admire so much

  • juanontheweb - 2011-10-12 15:02

    1. Why would Iran want to assassinate the Saudi ambassador? Iran and Saudi Arabia are friends. Ambassadors are not decision makers. They are glorified messengers and in these days of instant global communications no longer enjoy the autonomous plenipotentiary powers they did in the days of sailing ships. There is no reason to kill an ambassador because another one representing the same exact government policies would arrive the very next day. 2. Why would Iran involve Mexican drug cartels? Drug cartels are great at smuggling and slicing up competition and informants with chain saws, but are not known for skills at diplomatic assassination. 3. Why do such a pointless killing inside the United States, knowing the US is looking for any excuse at all to launch a war? See more on-

      Ingwe - 2011-10-12 15:57

      @ Juan; Iran and Saudi Arabia friends you have to be joking

      juanontheweb - 2011-10-12 16:31


  • Martin - 2011-10-12 15:56

      Libertador - 2011-10-12 16:04

      Hear hear Martin!

  • kubs - 2011-10-12 16:04

    After one of the biggest lies of our generation, WMD in Iraq, are there really people out there who still believe anything the americans say?..the mind boggles

      Peregrine Fa - 2011-10-12 17:41

      Yes,the American people.

  • capetonian - 2011-10-12 18:10

    Before all the anti West brigade jump on the band wagon, perhaps you should keep your insults and indignation for the trial. You know, that's where the truth will be exposed. The money trail leads back to Iran - and that bunch of deluded fundamentalist clerics who pull the strings there will hopefully be exposed - they have been exporting their brand of murder and mayhem in the middle east for decades. They practice this disgusting "Sharia" law which very often means that women found "guilty" of adultery can be sentenced to death by stoning. I would rather live in the secular west where human rights are guaranteed then under their patriarchial religious belief systems! "God is not Great- Religion poisons Everything!"

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