Iran: US plot allegations resemble Iraq WMD claims

TEHRAN Mon Oct 17, 2011 6:05pm EDT

TEHRAN (Reuters) - President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Monday U.S. allegations of an Iranian assassination plot resembled its claims of weapons of mass destruction that formed the basis for the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and would prove to be equally untrue.

Ahmadinejad said Washington had fabricated the plot of an Iranian seeking to kill Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Washington in order to cause a rift between Tehran and Saudi Arabia and dominate the oil-rich Gulf.

"In the past the U.S. administration claimed there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. They said it so strongly, they offered and presented documentations and everyone said 'yes, we believe in you, we buy it'," Ahmadinejad said in a live interview on Al Jazeera television.

"Now is everyone asking them, were those claims true? Did they find any weapon of mass destruction in Iraq? They fabricated a bunch of papers. Is that a difficult thing to do?

"The truth will be revealed ultimately and there will be no problem for us at that time," Ahmadinejad said.

U.S. President Barack Obama hopes the foiled alleged plot will lead to tighter sanctions against Iran -- already under several rounds of U.N. measures over its nuclear program -- and repeated that all options are on the table to deal with the Islamic republic -- a tacit threat of possible military action.

When asked whether he thought Iran and the United States were on an inevitable "collision course" toward military conflict, Ahmadinejad replied: "I don't think so.

"I think that there are some people in the U.S. administration who want this to happen but I think there are wise people in the U.S. administration who know they shouldn't do such a thing."

Nevertheless, the commander of the Iranian army ground forces said his troops were "fully prepared and ready to give a quick response to any aggression on Iran's soil."

"Today America is too unsteady to even think about launching an attack on Iran," Ahmad Reza Pourdastan told the semi-official Fars news agency.


Saudi Arabia, Iran's main rival in the Gulf and with close ties with Washington, requested the United Nations look into what it called the "heinous conspiracy" and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Monday he had passed correspondence about the affair to the Security Council.

Ahmadinejad called on Saudis not to fall for a U.S. strategy which he said aimed to divide and conquer the Gulf.

"If the U.S. administration is under the impression that by doing this it can create conflict between us and Saudi Arabia then I have to say the U.S. administration is sorely mistaken.

"The U.S. administration is not interested in Iran or in Saudi Arabia. They see their interests in having a dispute between Iran and Saudi Arabia -- they want to dominate our region," he said.

Iran's relations with Saudi Arabia have been strained by the events of the "Arab Spring" as each tries to assert its position in the region amid a welter of sectarian and geo-political rivalries.

Even before the Arab uprisings began, a leaked U.S. cable published on WikiLeaks said Saudi King Abdullah had urged the United States to "cut off the head of the snake" by launching military strikes to destroy Iran's nuclear program.

The plot furor appears to have killed any chance of a rapid return to talks between Tehran and world powers concerned about its nuclear program, but Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said Iran would examine the allegations.

"We are prepared to examine any issue, even if fabricated, seriously and patiently, and we have called on America to submit to us any information in regard to this scenario," he was quoted as saying by the official IRNA news agency.

(Editing by Mark Heinrich)

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janetmerner wrote:
Where are the Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq?
Where is the proof that Iran sponsored plot to kill Saudi Ambassador in America?

There is no proof in either case because they did not happen.

Why would Iran target an ambassador of Saudi Arabia in the Republic of the United States of America? It would be much easier for a middle eastern person to slip into and move around Saudi Arabia and kill a member of the royal family than for a Middle Eastern person to go to the United States where racial profiling is the rule of the day and kill an ambassador in the most secure area in the world.

I think that there may be a faction in Iran that went ahead and did this without Iranian government consent. In the 1980′s a good portion of the Irish Republicians Army’s budget came from American citizens pockets, In the same way a good portion of middle eastern terrorists budget comes from Iranian citizens pockets. The Republic of the United States of America did not fund or condone the attacks on London in the 1980s. The Republic of Iran did not fund or condone the plot to kill the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s ambassador.

My reasons for thinking this is false.

1. There would be no gain for the Iranian government. 2. If it were true the Iranians know they would face stiff sanctions from the United Nations. 3. Iran is an Islamic law country there is no way the Iranian government would work with drug smugglers to carry out such a mission.

I guess a war with Iran is going to happen soon.

Oct 17, 2011 8:53pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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