Khamenei Warns US Over Assassination Claims
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei today warned the US that any measures taken against the Islamic Republic over the alleged plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to Washington would elicit “resolute” Iranian response.
“If U.S. officials have some delusions, (they must) know that any unsuitable act, whether political or security, will meet a resolute response from the Iranian nation,” Khamenei said [Press TV, 16 October].
On Thursday, President Obama had vowed to push for “toughest sanctions” against Iran for its involvement in the alleged plot. The president said the main suspect in the case, Mr. Arbabsiar, had “direct links, was paid by, and directed by individuals in the Iranian government.”
Iranian officials have consistently denied the allegations since they first emerged last week.
Ayatollah Khamenei’s blunt comments manifest Iran’s concerns that Washington would use the case to gather international support to further isolate the country.