US plot a major escalation in Iran terror sponsors

British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Thursday that an alleged Iranian-backed plot to kill the Saudi envoy to the United States is a "major escalation in Iran`s sponsorship of terrorism."

Updated: Oct 14, 2011, 00:17 AM IST

London: British Foreign Secretary William
Hague said on Thursday that an alleged Iranian-backed plot to kill
the Saudi envoy to the United States is a "major escalation in
Iran`s sponsorship of terrorism."

Hague said London was in "close touch" with US authorities
and would work to agree an international response along with
the United States, European Union and Saudi Arabia to the US
charges, which Tehran denies.

"There are indications that this deplorable plot was
directed by elements of the Iranian regime with the
involvement of senior members of the Islamic Revolutionary
Guard Corps` Quds Force," Hague told the House of Commons.
"This would appear to constitute a major escalation in
Iran`s sponsorship of terrorism outside its borders," he
added.

"We are in close touch with the US authorities and will
work to agree an international response, along with the US,
the rest of the EU and Saudi Arabia."

Iran has strongly denied any involvement in an alleged
plot by the Revolutionary Guards` elite Quds Force to kill the
Saudi ambassador by hiring assassins from a Mexican drug
cartel for USD 1.5 million.

US authorities on Tuesday named two principal suspects:
Manssor Arbabsiar, a used-car salesman who is a naturalised US
citizen and is now under arrest, and Gholam Shakuri, said to
be an Iran-based member of the Quds Force believed to be in
Iran.

PTI

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