EU orders assets of 5 frozen over Iranian plot

US officials have described the plot as a clumsy but serious operation by Iran’s elite foreign action unit.

Brussels: The European Union has ordered the assets of five people frozen in connection with the alleged Iranian plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States.

EU Foreign Affairs chief Catherine Ashton said on Friday that in addition to the freeze, no funds, including loans, may be made available to the five. The EU did not name the five but Britain on Tuesday took similar action against the two men accused by US authorities of attempting to kill Saudi envoy Adel Al-Jubeir in a bomb attack, and three others.

US officials have described the plot as a clumsy but serious operation by Iran’s elite foreign action unit, the Quds Force.
Ashton said the decision was a precautionary measure.

Bureau Report

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