US briefs Security Council members on Iran plot

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 22:22

United Nations: The United States on Wednesday
started individual briefings with UN Security Council
ambassadors over its allegations that Iran was behind a plot
to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to Washington, diplomats
said.

US ambassador Susan Rice was to have individual meetings
with other envoys on the 15 nation council.

It was not immediately clear whether the United States
would seek a Security Council condemnation or some other
action over the alleged plot which Iran has strongly denied.

"We are taking it step-by-step," said a western diplomat.

The US Justice Department yesterday charged two men with
conspiring with Iranian officials to assassinate Saudi
ambassador to the United States Adel al-Jubeir.

Iran, which faces four rounds of UN Security Council
sanctions over its nuclear program, called the US allegations
part of an "evil plot" against the Islamic Republic, and in a
letter of protest to the UN Security Council accused
Washington of "warmongering."

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 22:22
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