Khamenei accuses U.S. of "terror" attacks in Iran

TEHRAN Wed Nov 2, 2011 4:29pm EDT

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TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday he had 100 "undeniable documents" proving the United States has been behind "terrorist acts" in the Islamic state and elsewhere in the Middle East.

His comments come after Washington accused Iran of being involved in a plot to kill Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Washington, a claim Iran has dismissed as baseless.

"We have undeniable documents which show America was behind the curtain of terror in Iran and the region," Khamenei said during a commemoration of the 1979 storming of the U.S. embassy in Tehran by revolutionary students.

"By presenting those 100 documents, we will disgrace America in the world," he added. He did not say when he would produce the documents and to whom.

Last month, the United States said it had uncovered a plot by two men with links to Iran's Revolutionary Guards to assassinate the Saudi envoy by planting a bomb in a Washington restaurant. The Iranian government denies any involvement.

"America tried to exert pressure on Iran and rescue itself from the Wall Street movement and its problems by the absurd terrorist scenario," Khamenei said during a televised address to an audience of students.

"They want to accuse the most virtuous warriors and fighters in Iran of terrorism.

"The course of events have changed in the world and by the grace of God the fight of virtue, with the pioneering of Iran, has started against the pharaoh of hegemony and will continue to its final collapse."

In Washington, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Khamenei's accusation appeared to be a reaction to the "strong" U.S. case on the alleged assassination plot.

"I would simply point out that our allegations were made in U.S. court, in documents that are now open for the public to see and are clear and can be evaluated by anyone," Nuland told a news briefing.

"This is just more rhetoric designed to deflect popular attention in Iran away from the failings of the Iranian government to meet the needs of its own people," Nuland said.

Asked to address the details of Khamenei's accusation, Nuland said "I don't think I need to credit it with a response."

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. He has repeated that all options are on the table to deal with the Islamic republic -- a tacit threat of possible military action.

(Reporting by Hossein Jaseb; additional reporting by Andrew Quinn in Washington; Writing by Ramin Mostafavi Editing by Maria Golovnina)

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Comments (6)
W-DS wrote:
Nothing new, really.

The British knew American citizens were sending tens of thousands of dollars a week to Ireland, which was then used to buy semtex/other weaponry used in attacks to kill/maim innocent Brits.

Its impossible for us to claim we “didnt know” either; we did after all ban them – the IRAs “political wing” – from fund raising post-9/11 to keep the brits on side in Afghan/Iraq.

Id wager not a single countries govt isnt supporting some radicals, especially the Iranian govt.

Nov 02, 2011 8:34pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
brian-decree wrote:
W-DS,

Just one of many, many, many examples any historian could exume…

In fact the US is the ONLY country ever to be formally convicted of state terrorism in Nicaragua and Guatemala under Reagan.

First by the international court, which they ignored, then ordere by the UN to respect the courts decision, which they also ignored…

The US is the biggest sponsor of terrorism in history.

Both the Taliban, the Northern Alliance and Al Qaeda are products of billions of dollars of terrorist funding by the US to overthrow the Democratic Socialist Afghan government in the 80s.

The US has run masive terrorist and torture camps like the ‘school of the americas’, some of which exist to this day.

There is also far more evidence to suggest the US government was behind the 9/11 attacks than there is to support the Bin Laden theory.

They have blown up Iranian civillian jet liners, they have trainer ‘death squads’ all over the world, and supported countless dictators oppressive regimes and torture dungeons.

Most recently in Libya the US had actually kidnapped the LEADER of the NTC and handed him over to Gaddafi for torture.

The notion that the US is at war with terrorism is as ridiculous as kim jong ills’ blatherings and comparable to saying ‘a heroin addict is at war with heroin’.

Nov 02, 2011 10:05pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
brian-decree wrote:
W-DS,

Just one of many, many, many examples any historian could exume…

In fact the US is the ONLY country ever to be formally convicted of state terrorism in Nicaragua and Guatemala under Reagan.

First by the international court, which they ignored, then ordere by the UN to respect the courts decision, which they also ignored…

The US is the biggest sponsor of terrorism in history.

Both the Taliban, the Northern Alliance and Al Qaeda are products of billions of dollars of terrorist funding by the US to overthrow the Democratic Socialist Afghan government in the 80s.

The US has run masive terrorist and torture camps like the ‘school of the americas’, some of which exist to this day.

There is also far more evidence to suggest the US government was behind the 9/11 attacks than there is to support the Bin Laden theory.

They have blown up Iranian civillian jet liners, they have trainer ‘death squads’ all over the world, and supported countless dictators oppressive regimes and torture dungeons.

Most recently in Libya the US had actually kidnapped the LEADER of the NTC and handed him over to Gaddafi for torture.

The notion that the US is at war with terrorism is as ridiculous as kim jong ills’ blatherings and comparable to saying ‘a heroin addict is at war with heroin’.

Nov 02, 2011 10:08pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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