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Iran warns U.S. of facing 'resolute' response

(Shanghai Daily)

08:12, October 17, 2011

Iran’s supreme leader on Sunday warned the United States that any punitive measures taken against Tehran over an alleged Iranian plan to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the U.S. would elicit a "resolute" response.

Two men, including an alleged member of Iran's offshore intelligence Quds Force, have been charged in New York federal court with conspiring to kill the Saudi diplomat, Adel Al-Jubeir. US officials have said no one was ever in any immediate danger from the plot.

"If US officials have some delusions, they must know that any unsuitable act, whether political or security, will meet a resolute response from the Iranian nation," state TV quoted Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as saying.

Khamenei's comments may reflect Iranian concerns that the U.S. would try to use the case to ratchet up sanctions and recruit international allies to try to further isolate Tehran.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been blunt in saying the United States would use the allegations as leverage with other countries that have been reluctant to apply harsh sanctions against Iran.

U.S. President Barack Obama said Thursday that the U.S. will be able to support all of its allegations that Iran was directly involved in the assassination plan.

But Khamenei, who has the final say on all state matters in Iran, said the U.S. accused Iran of terror to divert attention from its current economic woes, and from the “Occupy Wall Street protest” people’s movement, targeting one percent of American’s richest.

"By attributing an absurd and meaningless accusation to a few Iranians, they tried to show that Iran is a supporter of terrorism ... This conspiracy didn't work and won't work," Khamenei said.

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also dismissed U.S. accusations as a fabricated "scenario."

"Iran is a civilized nation and doesn't need to resort to assassination," he was quoted by the IRNA news agency as saying on Sunday.


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Observer at 2011-10-18203.177.74.*
I wonder why you never print opposing views in this paper?
Hammad Sethi at 2011-10-1857.66.70.*
English Christians hate Muslims and Chinese more than all other Christians. Britain on its own is nothing more than a skunk and cannot challenge the Muslims or the Chinese. Britain uses US or Vatican"s violent policies towards Muslims to portray itself as a big Christian terrorist power and to deal with Muslims and Chinese from a position of strength. USA and Europe encourage Britain to carry on with this policy to isolate Britain, to make Britain feel more dependent on the rest of the European Christians, and to lure it into Europe.
Canada at 2011-10-1870.36.49.*
One report said the U.S. intended to pull it"s troops out of Iraq because the Iraqi government wouldn"t give them immunity past 2011. Perhaps the U.S. intends to start a war with Iran?? It"s difficult to believe the Iranian government could have been behind this stupid plot.
romaov at 2011-10-1780.94.16.*
2011-10-17.White House fanatical to hate Iran ad to talk rubbish to provoke iranian"s.To make world Iran"s treathen.Very primitive american politic to reflect badly on their leader"s.Crude"s shortage finese.
Brad at 2011-10-17174.95.140.*
Alot of people are sick and tired of this war mongering and sabre rattling. And the thing that is most awful, is the innocent people who held hostage by these war mongering countries. They cannot be controlled or stopped by their people in any way.

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