An alleged Iranian plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States on American soil “crosses a line” in Iran’s state sponsorship of terrorism and will further isolate the Islamic Republic, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday, October 11, the Associated Press reported.
“This really, in the minds of many diplomats and government officials, crosses a line that Iran needs to be held to account for,” Clinton said. “The idea that they would attempt to go to a Mexican drug cartel to solicit murder-for-hire to kill the Saudi ambassador? Nobody could make that up, right?”
President Barack Obama called Saudi Ambassador Adel Al-Jubeir to declare that the foiled assassination plot was a “flagrant” violation of U.S. and international law, the White House said.
Speaking shortly after the Justice Department announced the uncovering of the alleged plot, Clinton said the United States will use the case to try to “enlist more countries in working together against what is becoming a clearer and clearer threat” from Iran.
“We want to reassure our friends that the complaints against Iran are well-founded.”