Iran Assassination Plot
October 26, 2011 by staff
Iran Assassination Plot, U.S. accused two Iranians plotting to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States, Adel Al-Jubeir, Tuesday October 11. The two men, Manssor Arbabsiar, an Iranian citizen 56 years of age with U.S. citizenship and Shakuri Gholam, a member of the Quds Force were charged with conspiracy to use plastic explosives to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador to hire the murderers of a Mexican drug cartels. Jubeir Saudi ambassador is considered a close associate and adviser of King Abdullah and a key U.S. ally in the Middle East.
The Obama administration gave the Nations diplomats detailed intelligence to support accusations that Iran plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador. President Obama was quoted as saying: “We believe that, even at higher levels [of the Iranian government] had no detailed knowledge of operation, there must be accountability.”
An “evil plot” against Iran
The Quds Force is an arm of Iran’s Islamic Corps Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) running covert special operations outside Iran. The special operations unit is directly outside the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the commander of the Quds Force. The Quds Force has begun to play a significant role in Iranian foreign policy in recent years.
Iran fiercely denied the allegations, the UN Ambassador Mohammed Khazee write a letter to the Security Council stating that the story is a fabrication and an “evil plot” against Iran. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei proclaimed the story of a scam devised by Washington to distract Americans from their own growing economic problems. Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Ahani was quoted by the official Islamic Republic News Agency, saying that “the absurd scenario of conspiracy was so immature that even political circles and media in the U.S. and its allies suspected him. ”
Foreign Governments React
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that “Iran must answer” for their actions, and Saudi Arabia is convinced that Iran should “pay a price.”
If the U.S. could be that the Iranian government was involved in the plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to Iran would violate the United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Crimes against Internationally Protected Persons. Iran signed the treaty in 1978, which requires the government to consider prosecution in its judicial system Shakuri or extradite to the requesting country – in this case, potentially the U.S. and Saudi Arabia (both former enemies). However, since Iran vehemently denies the charges, is unlikely to turn Shakuri more.
French Ambassador Gerard Araud said the United Nations conference made by the U.S. were credible and convincing, and France would support any U.S. initiative in the Council. Colombian Ambassador Nestor Osorio, said, “Given the position and the seriousness of the people who came to give us an explanation, is not to be taken lightly.” Recently, the European Union has begun to manage the “punishment” as requested by the White House House five punishing people believe is connected to the plot.
Others have been less willing to accept the positions of Washington as a fact, especially after his belief of U.S. intelligence for eight years led to the Iraq war. Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, sounded more skeptical and said that it seemed “pretty bizarre.” Brazilian Ambassador Maria Viotti also appeared less convinced.
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